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A new era of cyber warfare

Cyber threats play a key role in global conflicts. The speed and relentlessness of worldwide cyber attacks reflect the ubiquitous global routes for their advance. They are unrestricted by borders and unimpeded by the resistance and risks imposed by more traditional terrain that military forces must traverse when conducting operations across sea, land, or air.

The cyber domain is a man-made construct. It is characterized by a combination of public and private-sector ownership, operations, sustainment, and even security. This in turn requires a new form of collective defense. Cyber defense relies on a coalition of countries, private companies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Central to these efforts is protecting civilians from attacks that can impact their lives and access to critical services.

Check out Microsoft for Defense and Intelligence to see how other defense agencies are using new and innovative ways to manage these threats.

Microsoft and securing the cyber domain

Microsoft’s cybersecurity strategies are informed by the visibility we have into the cyber threat landscape. Microsoft serves billions of endpoints globally, allowing us to aggregate security data from a broad and diverse spectrum of sources, including enterprise organizations and consumers. With a view of more than 24 trillion security signals per day, we can build a granular understanding of the current state of cybersecurity. We also can provide indicators that help us predict what the threat will attempt to do next.

While security has always been a priority for Microsoft, we recognize that the digital world requires continuous advances in how we protect, detect, and respond to cybersecurity threats. The Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) is one example of the more than USD1 billion we invest each year in security, data protection, and risk management.

Showcasing the future of cyber security

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How the cyber domain is shaping the conflicts around the world will no doubt be top of mind for everyone attending the Atlantic Future Forum 2022 (AFF’22). This event takes place in New York City from September 28 to 29, 2022. The AFF will be hosted onboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as part of her maiden visit to the United States. Now in its fifth iteration, this summit brings together military leaders, senior politicians, and policymakers, together with business leaders, innovators, and tech entrepreneurs from both sides of the Atlantic.

AFF ‘22 will address the new threats and security dimensions in the world. This year’s forum will help showcase advances in quantum computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and the emerging technologies that are proving to be critical for collective security, economic resilience, and future prosperity.

AFF’22 looks to reinforce and cement the partnership between the North Atlantic allies who seek to reassert Western values while defending democratic institutions and the global rules-based order. Informed by the urgent challenges now facing the west, this year’s forum seeks to reinvigorate collective security discussion across the NATO alliance and will include other partners to broaden these dialogues.

“AFF22 comes at a critical time for the Euro-Atlantic alliance with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The US/UK relationship has always been at the core of the alliance and the AFF is a unique opportunity to bring together government and the military, together with academia and business, to strengthen not only security and defence but also the trade and economic sinews of the alliance.”—Lord Sedwill, Chairman of Atlantic Future Forum, AFF’22 Press Release.

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As an active partner, the Microsoft Defense and Intelligence team will be at the Atlantic Future Forum 2022 to discuss ways in which we are working with militaries and other security forces; helping them reimagine what digital operations can do to protect national security. We’re seeing tremendous instability in the global environment, not just in eastern Europe. As a result, we’re watching new alliances form and, as with NATO, old ones reinvigorated. These new alliances drive a need for improved interoperability and cybersecurity so that alliance members can respond quickly and effectively to traditional warfare, cyberwarfare, or warfare in space. The Atlantic Future Forum 2022 could not be more relevant or important. We’re looking forward to connecting with existing partners—and making new ones—at this significant event.