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Microsoft controls worldwide physical security operations from three sites




Microsoft controls worldwide physical security operations from three sites
Microsoft controls worldwide physical security operations from three sites



http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/security/39109-microsoft-controls-worldwide-physical-security-operations-from-three-sites 

By Stephen Withers
iT Wire
15 May 2010

What does business continuity mean to you? For Microsoft Global Security 
it can involve locking a door from the other side of the world.

One part of Microsoft Global Security's activities is monitoring 
physical security at the company's premises around the world. This is 
carried out from three Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs), 
located at Redmond (USA), Reading (UK) and Hyderabad (India), each 
responsible for their geographical region

The previous approach was decentralised, people-intensive, and involved 
more than 60 different proprietary systems, inconsistent policies across 
locations, live video monitoring, VCR recording, and lots of paper.

In contrast, the GSOCs are centralised, automated, highly interoperable, 
and use generic hardware (notebooks are used so they can be quickly 
removed if a centre must be evacuated) off-the-shelf software, and 
digital video. The hardware standardisation means that any workstation 
can be used for any purpose, though in practice seats are associated 
with particular functions.

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