Microsoft and the software giant Amazon are to jointly develop a “fence process” that can help fence down a lot of office buildings.
The collaboration between the tech giants follows an earlier agreement between Microsoft and Apple that gave the companies access to “fencing technologies” that would help protect data and other physical properties on data centers, said Paul O’Leary, a spokesman for Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.
Fences are a common method of protecting sensitive data at data centers from outside threats, and Microsoft, Apple and Amazon said they will begin developing the technology “later this year.”
The announcement comes as the federal government tries to curb the spread of malicious software.
The U.S. government last week said it would ban Microsoft and other software makers from installing spyware on computers that run its Windows and Mac operating systems.