National sovereignty already in the cloud – Microsoft Hungary
At this year’s Infotér, business and government decision-makers exchanged ideas on digital solutions that guarantee future and crisis-proof, outstanding cyber security
Technological solutions to alleviate the food and energy crisis, national sovereignty to be ensured in the digital space, and future- and crisis-proof technologies were the main topics of this year’s Infotér. At a conference sponsored by Microsoft – alongside business and government decision makers – the managing director and experts of Microsoft Hungary also spoke and presented solutions such as Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, which at the same time provide protection against cyber-attacks challenging sovereignty, and therefore also give impetus to the digital transformation.
At the event held on October 18-20 Information space reflecting on the turbulent events taking place in the outside world, the main topics of the conference were the food and energy crisis, cyber security and national sovereignty to be preserved in cyberspace. For years, Microsoft has been one of the main sponsors of the event, where business and government decision-makers jointly seek answers to the biggest challenges of our time: this year, among other things, how technology can minimize the damage caused by the currently unfolding crisis.
Speaking at the conference, Péter Szabó, the leader of Microsoft in Hungary, talks about the fact that future-proof and crisis-proof organizations must primarily be flexible and, even in the current, extremely uncertain situation, they must have the most accurate opening signals for data technology regarding changes in their own market. .
Péter Szabó said: “Crises teach us that not only our well-being depends on digitization, but also how well we are able to prepare for unpredictable situations. The easiest to manage, the easiest to manage, the most scalable and the most secure solution, offering highly flexible systems. He added: “Using the benefits of economies of scale, a huge cloud infrastructure like Microsoft’s can effectively help companies deal with the current energy crisis and develop sustainable operations.”
Gábor Varga, Microsoft’s head of national technologies and one of the participants in the panel discussion “Cybersecurity, Cyberdefense and Cyberwarfare”, talks in his keynote speech about how governments do not have to give up anything in terms of data protection and cybersecurity, if the flexible scalability of resources, the location and they opt for cloud technology that ensures time-independent operation, control and transparency of processes. “Digital public services available from the cloud, such as the Hungarian EESZT – in addition to increasing the efficiency of the state administration and citizens’ trust in public services – give a boost to the spread of digital literacy, and thus lay the groundwork for the emergence of more digital services, ultimately. and the digital transformation of the entire economy” Gábor Varga emphasized. Speaking about the high security requirements expected by the government, he said: “For Microsoft Cloud Sovereignty is a cloud solution developed for governments, which not only ensures standard GDPR compliance, but also leaves full control over the data uploaded to the cloud to the governments, the physical storage of which also remains within Europe. What’s more, the As part of the Microsoft Government Security Program (GSP), government organizations responsible for cyber security have access to Azure processes and operating system source codes. More than 45 countries are currently members of the program.”
The speakers agreed that projects aimed at reducing administration and developing modern 5G networks and future-proof technologies should be accelerated, digital transformation should also be carried out in domestic agriculture, and a national space strategy should be developed. It was said at the conference: the infocommunications sector has developed despite the crises of recent years and is taking increasingly large chunks out of the Hungarian GDP. The reason for this is that digitalization promises results, increased efficiency, and prosperity in almost all areas. In the coming times, perhaps more than anything else, the country will need technology and the expertise of those who put it to work so that we can preserve our values and save the competitiveness of our economy into the post-crisis period.