When Sam Coxwell submitted his entry to last year’s Microsoft cybersecurity essay contest, he was focused on one thing, winning. His entry “Cybercrime: Why does it pay, and what can we do about it?” centered on the future of cybersecurity policy research. It was one of 48 entries we received from students around the world researching the complexities that impact cybersecurity policy.
Today, we’re kicking off this year’s contest, the Cyberspace 2025 Essay contest. This year, we want to hear from University students who are conducting original research on how they see the future of cyberspace. The inspiration for this topic comes from our recently published paper, Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain, where we consider the impact that such factors as demographics, education, immigration, regulation, technology, collaboration, and even trade will have on the future landscape of cyberspace and cybersecurity. Additionally, the report showed that even in a borderless internet, countries and regions can be on different paths depending on policy choices. If policy makers could see into the future, could it better inform their decision making today? Microsoft believes that identifying and implementing the right public policies today, can significantly impact a country’s or region’s cyberspace tomorrow. Read more
Microsoft is looking for great student research on the future of cybersecurity policy. If you have conducted or plan to conduct such research, read on for information on how you can win a $5,000 cash prize for your research in our Cybersecurity 2020 essay contest.
This is part two of a three part series exploring the question of whether regions that experience political instability also experience increased malware infection rates and face more severe threats compared to more stable locations. I examined Egypt in part 1 of this series. In this article, using data from a new Special Edition Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Linking Cybersecurity Policy and Performance and volume 13 of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, I will take a look at another region that has experienced political instability: Syria.
Collaborative Cybersecurity: the private sector is essential for a broader dialogue on more effective cybersecurity norms and sustainable confidence building measures
Hundreds of Pages of New Security Intelligence Now Available: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 12 Released
Today we released the latest volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) containing a large body of new data and analysis on the threat landscape. This volume of the SIR includes:
- Latest industry vulnerability disclosure trends and analysis
- Latest data and analysis of global vulnerability exploit activity
- Latest trends and analysis on global malware and potentially unwanted software
- Latest analysis of threat trends in more than 100 countries/regions around the world
- Latest data and insights on how attackers are using spam and other email threats
- Latest global and regional data on malicious websites including phishing sites, malware hosting sites and drive-by download sites
In addition, we have included a section in the report focused on how the threat called Conficker continues to propagate. Conficker has been one of the top threats in the enterprise for the past two and a half years, and many of the customers I talk to have been struggling to eradicate it from their environments.