Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
Cybersecurity and the overall health of the Internet has become a key concern for governments, enterprises and computer users.
As more people, computers and devices come online (there are approximately 2 billion people using the Internet today), cyber threats have grown more sophisticated and cybercriminals have successfully gathered sensitive data, disrupted critical operations or engaged in other illegal activity such as fraud. Governments around the world have expressed concern that the critical information infrastructures that support their countries could be targeted. In response, many countries have sought to improve critical information infrastructure policy, to build effective information sharing and collaboration capabilities that address threats and vulnerabilities, and to coordinate on responses to increasingly complex cyber incidents.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
A new study released by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and sponsored by Microsoft, shows that U.S. schools are ill-equipped to teach children the fundamentals of 21st Century “Digital Citizenship.” The 2011 version of the State of Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. found that more than one-third (36 percent) of teachers received no relevant professional development training in the last year from their school districts. Meanwhile, 86 percent received fewer than six hours of training in online safety, computer security and cyber ethics. Not surprisingly, teachers do not feel adequately prepared to instruct on these topics. Less than one-quarter of respondents (24 percent) said they feel "very well-prepared" to teach about protecting personal information online.
Posted by Richard BoscovichSenior Attorney, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
What if one out of every four cups of coffee you purchased turned out to be an empty cup? You’d quickly switch to another coffee shop and you’d have some very negative reviews of the coffee seller who shorted you. Now let’s say that just one out of every 10 cups of coffee from your new coffee seller is empty – better, but you’d still want a new barista because you’re entitled to the cup of coffee you paid for.
Online ad clicks, unfortunately, are a lot like those empty coffee cups. A distressingly high percentage of the clicks that advertisers pay for are not made by human beings with genuine interest in that ad. Instead, they’re the result of automated Web traffic and other criminal activity that endangers the online marketplace for everyone who uses it - merchants, Web content providers and ultimately, consumers, who benefit from free, ad-supported online content.
Microsoft takes this problem very seriously, which is why we are partnering with the U.S. Secret Service to host the Online Advertising Fraud Symposium today in New York.
Posted by Martin IsaaksenFederal UC Lead, Microsoft
Telework is now the law of the land for federal employees, and based on the results of a recent survey, it appears that teleworkers nationwide share many of the same likes, dislikes and concerns about working remotely as their federal colleagues.
President Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 last December, after Congress wrestled with the bill for nearly two years (which may feel as long as some non-teleworkers’ daily commutes). Designed to help agencies define and implement effective telework policies, the new law set a June 9th deadline for agencies to establish policies regarding employee eligibility and authorization to telework. The rubber is about to hit the road for telework – with the goal that more federal employees eventually won’t.
With this in mind, Microsoft earlier this month released a new Remote Working Study to better understand telework’s benefits and challenges, with the goal of improving the technology that enables remote workforces.
Posted by Sig BehrensGeneral Manager, U.S. Education, Microsoft
I witnessed something personally yesterday that was truly inspiring. It reminded me of how exciting a time it is for education reform here in the United States.
We are facing massive education budgets cuts in most states and critical programs like pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are usually among the first to be cut. This affects at-risk kids the most and only perpetuates the cycle of these children not being adequately prepared for learning. And this cycle, should it continue, will continue to drive our graduation rates down which will only make matters worse for our nation in the years to come and we will continue to slide economically.
That's why I want to commend the U.S. Department of Education on the announcement of the new Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge, which I was privileged to attend in person with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.