2/28/2017 InSight Crime
Microsoft is opening a cyber security center in Mexico City in order to better combat an estimated $4 billion industry, a decision that points to growing concern about this type of crime in the country.
Microsoft issued a press release on February 24 announcing the opening of the new center and outlining its projected role in advancing cyber security in the region.
“By opening this center, we are bringing Microsoft’s offer of security increasingly closer to customers in order to be a strategic part of their transformation, and together we will create a country and a region that are more prosperous and productive, and above all, that are safer,” said Jorge Silva, general manager of Microsoft Mexico.
According to Microsoft’s estimates, Mexico loses up to $4 billion dollars annually to cyber criminal activity. Mexico’s Technical Secretary on the National Security Council, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, recently said that Mexico is the second-hardest hit country in Latin America by cyber crime, after Brazil, and ranks in the top 10 worldwide.
While the Microsoft facility is designed to serve the region in general, a special deal was signed between the Mexican Federal Police and Microsoft’s team designed to both boost IT security and assist in investigations regarding internet crimes.