Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Credits Advanced Cyber Capability for Identifying Russian Activities Against Ukraine

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said advanced cyber capabilities helped identify Russian activities on Ukrainian infrastructure long before the attack happened. Speaking at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, he also said that these references have greatly helped the Ukrainian government.

“So what happened, for example in the Ukrainian case, we were able, because of our cyber capacity, because of the trillions of signals we see before long, and quite frankly, the attack began, the Russian activity on critical Ukrainian infrastructure,” the Microsoft CEO said.

“And we were able to work with the Ukrainian government to virtually evacuate them in our cloud and protect them,” he added.

“…because our position is that we will always be on the side of any partner we have in their defense. And so we will use both our security products, as well as our own security signal, to ensure that any organization that is under attack is protected and all that information is published so it can be widely shared” .

Nadella said the Internet is a place where many stakeholders can come together to improve the cyber readiness of all our institutions.

“I think it will be very, very important. This is between governments and private organizations and between private organizations around the world,” he said.

Asked about the main conclusions of the Ukraine analysis, Nadella said, “The main conclusions were that you have many cyber actors, state-sponsored in this case, pursuing critical infrastructure that could completely jeopardize the functioning of the government or the broader community. He also warned that the weakest link could be exploited and then hit hard at everything else and that’s a problem with the connected world.

“There is no such thing as an isolated system. So, one weak link. That is why, even in the United States, we care a lot about every municipality, and every state has to be protected, because otherwise you can start an attack in one small place and it can spread easily.”

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