Microsoft is opening an anti-cyber crime office in Colombia to work with authorities to help secure computers and information networks as part of Latin America’s fight against cyber crime.
Andres Rengifo, Microsoft’s Director for Latin America of the Computer Crime Unit, told newspaper El Espectador that the Colombian authorities could consult the office on issues surrounding cyber security threats, which affected six million victims in Colombia last year.
“From a technical point of view it will not only protect consumers and products,” said Rengifo. “We believe that information security cannot be solved by a single company, and that it needs to work with authorities, industries and furthermore governments.”
According to a Microsoft Press release, 50 percent of online adults are victims of cyber crime at some point, including around 20 percent of small and medium sized businesses, at a $500 billion to the global economy.
- Autoridades colombianas contarán con ayuda de Microsoft contra cibercrímenes (El Espectador)
- Digital Detectives (Microsoft Press Release)