Korea Information Security Agency, Microsoft Mark Anniversary of Cooperation with Renewed Pledge

REDMOND, Wash., November 22, 2004 — Microsoft and the Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) commemorated one year of cooperation with a pledge to continue their efforts to strengthen the computer security and data protection environment in Korea.

Microsoft signed a Memo of Understanding with KISA, an agency funded by the Korean government for security and privacy policy development and enforcement, in November 2003. Under the Memo of Understanding, primary areas of cooperation between KISA and Microsoft include:

  • Information sharing and technical support for the Center for System Vulnerability Analysis

  • Provision of periodic training for employees of KISA and major ISPs in Korea to enhance knowledge and skill levels in computer security

  • Cooperation to identify solutions to decrease the volume of SPAM affecting Korea’s computer users

  • Carrying out technical verification regarding Microsoft security patches in the Korean environment

In addition, the two parties have been cooperatively working on a national awareness campaign in Korea to promote the importance of information security.

In a ceremony on the Microsoft campus, KISA President Hong-sub Lee presented Microsoft with a plaque of appreciation, and received from Microsoft a flag of appreciation. Microsoft Chief Trustworthy Computing Strategist Scott Charney, who with Lee oversees the cooperative efforts, is traveling to industry conferences in Europe, but issued a statement of appreciation for the efforts of Lee and KISA in cultivating the partnership.

“The efforts for the development of a more secure computing environment won’t succeed with only government efforts — it also requires cooperation with industries and end users,” said Lee. “Thanks largely to the devoted support of Microsoft and Mr. Charney, we are able to take a big step forward and continue our work in strong cooperation. I look forward to Microsoft and KISA sharing an even stronger relationship in the future.”

“I am proud to have witnessed the outstanding accomplishments jointly achieved by KISA and our Microsoft Korea colleagues,” Charney said. “Microsoft is determined, now more than ever, to work with industry, government and the public to deliver technologies the world can trust, and to do our part to protect public safety, national security and economic prosperity.”

In his visit to the Microsoft campus, Lee also exchanged ideas with security and privacy professionals, and visited the innovative home networking and office environment facilities presented by Microsoft at its corporate headquarters.

About KISA (Korea Information Security Agency)

The Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) was established in April 1996 to effectively carry out all necessary policies to protect information with the aim of safe and reliable information distribution based on Article 52 of the Act on Promotion of Utilization of Information and Communication Network and Data Protection. As a subsidiary organization under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), KISA has been carrying out various activities to prevent counter effect of information-oriented society including rapid response on internet infiltration incidents, vulnerability analysis and evaluation on key IT facilities, SPAM mail response and privacy promotion activities, electronic signature authentication, information protection industry support, development of information protection policy, and education and publicity.

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