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Microsoft signs GSP agreement with ICT Ministry

  • Published at 10:47 pm October 10th, 2018
From right: Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Mustafa Jabbar, Sook Hoon Cheah, president, Microsoft South East Asia New Markets and Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos COURTESY

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is based in Seattle, USA

Microsoft has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications, and Information Technology on Government Security Program (GSP). 

The agreement was signed yesterday at the ICT Ministry in presence of Mustafa Jabbar, minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Sook Hoon Cheah, president, Microsoft South East Asia New Markets (SEANM), and Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos.

Tarique M Barkatullah, director of National Data Centre, Bangladesh Computer Council, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology signed the GSP agreement on behalf of Bangladesh Government. 

As part of the agreement, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) will provide Bangladesh Cyber Threat Intelligence Programme (CTIP) data to the National Data Centre and CIRT team of the ministry.

Minister Jabbar at the occasion, said: “Maintaining our national security and addressing the cyber threats are crucial for Bangladesh as we envision building a Digital Bangladesh. As the government is working to tighten our national security on the virtual space, this agreement with Microsoft will come to our help.” 

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) based in Seattle, USA has two key focus areas. Combating malware risks, botnet takedowns and digital crimes and protect vulnerable populations by leveraging innovative technologies such as big data and AI, forensics, law and partnerships. 

DCU is an international team of attorneys, investigators, data scientists, engineers, analysts and business professionals focused on protecting people, organizations and Microsoft cloud against cybercriminals. 

Bangladesh Computer Council’s mission is to manage cyber security in Bangladesh Government’s e-government network and related infrastructure. They are working to establish national cyber security incident management capabilities in Bangladesh, and the report will help them in fulfilling this task by assisting the government to tackle financial or identity theft, advertising click fraud, and any other form of scams and crimes.