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    Microsoft Announces Cyber Defense Operations Center
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    Speaking in the nation's capital on Tuesday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that "2015 has been a tough year" for cybersecurity — something he hopes to change by opening a Cyber Defense Operations Center, NBC News reported. 

    At the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum in Washington, D.C., Nadella laid out some alarming statistics, including the fact that 160 million customer records have been compromised so far in 2015, and that it takes an average of 229 days to detect a hack.

    As opposed to the more closed computer systems of the past, he said, we're now living in a "perimeter-less world" with cloud computing, bring-your-own-device policies at workplaces, and the Internet of things.

    "We live in a world where the attacks can come from anywhere," he said. "The attack vectors can come from anywhere. The attackers themselves are a lot more sophisticated, a lot more organized."

    Nadella said the center would allow Microsoft to put resources in the field so that "cybersecurity specialists can proactively and reactively work with customers."