The nonprofit Center for Internet Security (CIS) has entered into a “strategic collaboration” with Microsoft to help bolster cybersecurity measures for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) organizations.

“CIS has long been committed to promoting effective cybersecurity among state and local governments,” said Gina Chapman, CIS Chief Operating Officer. “Our joint efforts with Microsoft will further assist us in collectively addressing the unique challenges faced by the traditionally cyber underserved organizations in the public sector and will ultimately further protect SLTTs against pervasive cyber threats.”

CIS noted that the new collaboration follows CIS’ induction into the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) in July. The new partners said the collaboration “marks a significant step in providing multi-cloud security compliance solutions to help fortify digital defense capabilities against cyber threats to the public sector.”

“Microsoft is committed to enhancing the cybersecurity of our customers through our security platform and AI technologies,” said Gina Marie Hatheway, National Security Lead for Security, State and Local Government at Microsoft. “Our mission is to support state and local governments to increase their security posture and resilience. We are thrilled with the opportunity to strategically collaborate with CIS, who plays an important role in protecting and defending our country.”

In a press release, the two organizations said that by integrating CIS best practices and Microsoft’s “comprehensive” technology, the collaboration will “set new standards for cybersecurity readiness in the public sector.”

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