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Microsoft Tech Summit: 1 in 5 HK PCs encountered malware in 1H16

Microsoft Hong Kong General Manager Horace ChowMicrosoft Hong Kong kicked off the local component of Microsoft's annual global Tech Summit 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

At the event, some 1,700 IT professionals across 16 locations converged to discuss issues including empowering local companies to arm themselves against cybercrime in the digital era.

According to Microsoft Greater China chief legal counsel Tim Cranton, nearly one fifth of computers in Hong Kong encountered malware in the second quarter of 2016. Hong Kong also lags behind the global average in terms of the percentage of computers found to be running up-to-date real-time security software.

“With increasing numbers of cyber incidents and the rampant incidence of cybercrime in today’s highly connected networks and devices, enterprises should assume breach at any point and operate at all times with this readiness mentality,” Cranton said.

He said Microsoft invests more than US$1 billion per year on security. In 2015, the company opened the Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC), which is designed to act as a centralized hub for front-line protectors from various security teams within the company.

The two-day summit also included more than 50 technical break-out sessions on topics including networking, big data, storage, unified communications, hybrid cloud, collaboration, open source, DevOps and the IoT.

“Microsoft believes very much that the IT industry is a community of professionals rich in experience and knowledge and that it is vital this is shared. This is the ethos of our global Tech Summit,” Microsoft Hong Kong general manager Horace Chow said.

“We are very proud to bring this outstanding global event to Hong Kong and feedback from local participants and partners has been overwhelmingly positive.”