New Security Standards Could Reduce the Number of Exposed Internet-Connected Devices

by Raimund Genes

When was the last time you checked how many of your organisations’ devices and systems were searchable from the public internet? Do you know for sure that they’re all properly patched and configured? New research from Trend Micro suggests the sheer volume of devices exposed to the internet is putting organisations at unnecessary risk of data theft, sabotage, fraud and disruption.

It’s time Europe’s policymakers woke up to the dangers and helped establish security standards for IoT and similar devices. Continue reading

Making the Internet a Better Place on Safer Internet Day

by Ross Baker

In a little under a generation, the internet has transformed the way we live and work forever. It’s enabled us all to become happier, healthier, more sociable and productive people. But as with everything, there’s a flip side. The online world has also given rise to cyberbullies, trolls, hackers and more. That’s why we need to continue fighting the good fight with industry-leading threat prevention.

But it’s also why we need initiatives like Safer Internet Day (SID), to help the most vulnerable in society stay safe online. Trend Micro is proud to be an official supporter yet again this year, as SID lands today, Tuesday 7th of February with the theme is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.  Continue reading

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest in Endpoint Security as a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader

by Bharat Mistry

We’re only in the second month of the year and already the threats are coming thick and fast. Just in the past week we’ve heard of a major breach at two popular gaming forums and a ransomware attack which crippled the police CCTV camera network in the US capital. This tells us that the endpoint, frequently the first target in such attacks, must be better protected as we head through 2017. But it can be hard to cut through the marketing hype in such a crowded marketplace.

That’s why Trend Micro is delighted to have been placed highest and furthest in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP). Continue reading

Securing the Cloud and Driving Digital Transformation with BT

Guest blog by Ian Humphreys

Increasing numbers of UK firms are looking to harness the power of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud providers and integrators to improve agility, cut hardware expenditure and take advantage of improved scalability. The same is happening all over the world. In fact, an IDC survey of over 6,000 IT organisations last year revealed that nearly two-thirds are already using or planning to use public cloud IaaS by the end of 2016. Security has always been a major barrier to such adoption plans, with many organisations unaware of just how much responsibility for this they must take in an IaaS set-up.

That’s why Trend Micro last week announced a major new partnership with BT which will see our flagship Deep Security platform offered to all BT Cloud Compute customers. It will help organisations meet their share cloud responsibilities with one of the most comprehensive security solutions around.

Pros and cons
The benefits of cloud IaaS are undeniable. It’s being seen in an increasing range of use cases including website hosting; proof-of-concept testing; adding extra capacity at peak times; batch computing and much more. But there are risks. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly adept at exploiting any gaps organisations might leave in their cloud infrastructure to go after sensitive customer data and IP. The shared resources of a multi-tenant environment may raise fears of inter-VM attacks, for example. And unpatched systems continue to represent a major risk.

Yet many struggle because they’re running IaaS in a hybrid cloud environment, but aren’t able to consolidate their security across physical, virtual and cloud. This can create management headaches for IT and even lead to further security gaps for the black hats to exploit. Performance issues may also occur if their security hasn’t been designed with cloud infrastructure in mind.

Protecting the ecosystem
Cloud IaaS may be owned built and managed by the provider, but as a rough rule of thumb everything above the hypervisor is the responsibility of the customer. Fortunately for BT Cloud Compute customers, our award-winning Deep Security platform is now available to secure their cloud workloads.

Deep Security is one of the most comprehensive cloud security products on the market, including:

Anti-malware: protects cloud servers
Web reputation: blocks access to malicious URLs
Intrusion prevention: vulnerability shielding protects servers and apps from any known and zero-day threats
Stateful firewall: decreases attack surface by ensuring only pre-approved ports, protocols and IP addresses access VMs
File and system integrity monitoring: Helps spot covert targeted attacks by detecting suspicious changes to files, directories, registry keys etc.
Log inspection: collects OS and app logs to detect suspicious behaviour and support compliance efforts

What’s more, Deep Security runs across physical, virtual and cloud servers, minimising operational costs and ensuring all policies are centrally managed. It’s also been designed in close co-operation with some of the world’s biggest cloud providers for tight integration and high performance.

The major DDoS outage at DNS firm Dyn last year reminded us of the potential disruption to the cloud ‘ecosystem’ that can occur when a provider high up the stack is compromised. This new partnership will therefore benefit BT’s direct customers, helping them to drive digital transformation and profits while staying secure. But it will also have the knock-on effect of ensuring maximum uptime and security for any customers of theirs accessing their services via the cloud: a win-win all round.