Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
This week, the House Cyber Security Task Force, chaired by Rep. Thornberry, released its recommendations and report to help guide legislative action on cybersecurity. The Task Force recommendations represent another key milestone in our combined private and public sector efforts to address the cybersecurity challenges of the Information Age.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S. and around the world. This year's official launch is taking place in Ypsilanti, Michigan to coincide with the Michigan Cyber Summit 2011.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, other state officials, and I shared the stage just a few hours ago kicking off NCSAM 2011. I represented Microsoft, as well as the Board of Directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance, who are long-time sponsors of NCSAM and an important public-private partnership of which Microsoft is a founding member.
This year's NCSAM theme, “Our Shared Responsibility,” refers to the ongoing work each of us can do to help secure our own piece of cyberspace—because when it comes to making the Internet safer, no individual, corporation or government entity is solely responsible. Moreover, individual acts and omissions can have a combined impact.
Posted by Brad SmithExecutive Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft
Today, I joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Richard Burr in Washington, D.C. to co-host a veterans roundtable, where we brought together veterans, veteran services organizations and nonprofit organizations to discuss the challenges veterans face returning to the workforce and learn how the public and private sector can work together to give them the opportunities they deserve.
The economic downturn has been particularly hard on the men and women returning from serving our country in the armed forces. The unemployment rate for post 9/11-era veterans has averaged 11.6 percent over the past year – significantly higher than their non-veteran counterparts.
Posted by Josh HenretigDirector, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft
Today, Microsoft published a white paper detailing the results of a pilot program on our corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., aimed at using technology to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings on our campus. The paper was authored in collaboration with Accenture and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
What we learned from the pilot program (and which is detailed in the paper) is that Microsoft (and by extension, many organizations with real estate portfolios) don’t need to undertake capital-intensive retrofits to cut building energy costs. Instead, we saw buildings become dramatically more efficient by introducing software to harness and utilize the building systems already in use. By integrating powerful analytics that add intelligence to existing building infrastructure, our buildings got smarter, more efficient and less costly to operate.
Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post written by Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO.)
Nothing can substitute for a good teacher. All major accomplishments begin with a teacher. Anyone able to read this text will remember a teacher who was a role model, who helped them become who they are.
Girls still make up the majority of children who are not in schools. I am especially concerned by this fact. This is an issue of human dignity, of health, of well-being, of fundamental freedoms. This has an impact across generations. When an anxious mother is unable to read what is written on the medication she gives to her children because she is illiterate, the human rights of all are violated.