NATO Signs Onto Microsoft's Government Security Program
To improve data security, the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency will get a closer look at what makes Microsoft's software tick.NATO has signed Microsoft's newest Government Security Program (GSP) agreement, extending the two organizations' 12-year partnership, the software giant announced today. GSP is a program that provides governments with vulnerability and threat intelligence from Microsoft along with other resources to help agencies safeguard their data against hackers. "It is open to government agencies regardless of a commercial contract with Microsoft, and is an important part of what we consider to be our duty as global citizens," said Glenn Pittaway, senior director of Trustworthy Computing Government and Industry Programs at Microsoft, in a Sept. 14 statement. "NATO is facing new and increasingly dangerous threats to cybersecurity across the world and these threats could affect national economies and citizens," said Koen Gijsbers, NCI Agency General Manager, in a statement. "To avoid it, NCI Agency strongly believes in rapid and early information sharing on threats and vulnerabilities with leader companies worldwide, such as Microsoft. Trust is the key to success." Critically, GSP helps put to rest suspicions that Microsoft's products deliberately contain code that allows other parties, namely the U.S. government, to pry into sensitive data.
"The GSP provides transparency by giving governments controlled access to the source code for our core enterprise products," according to Microsoft. "This level of transparency can help reassure customers that Microsoft products do not contain hidden 'back doors.' It also enhances a government's ability to design and build more secure computing infrastructures and adopt new technology more rapidly."