Microsoft has announced its plans to provide pre-patch vulnerability data to governments around the globe. Under the new program, named Omega, Microsoft will share the information with governments in an effort to help protect critical infrastructure and government systems from hackers.
The program includes a Defensive Information Sharing Program (DISP) that offers national government entities technical information on vulnerabilities that are set to be patched.
“Looking at past internet based attacks, the trends are pointing to an increase in complex multi-dimensional computer attacks. We believe that governments will see increased demands for swifter responses to vulnerabilities that threaten public assets. The need for information to aid in quicker and thorough risk assessments will be paramount,” Steve Adegbite of Microsoft writes.
“However, the need to provide this information in a structured, repeatable and secure manner will be the key for success. So we are looking to use some of our well established government focused programs such as the Security Cooperation Program (SCP) to aid in providing two new pilot programs aimed to help governments,” he writes. ” Microsoft is moving ahead with the offering of 2 programs aimed at sharing key technical information on Microsoft vulnerabilities and strategies to aid in securing critical infrastructure.”