Category Archives: Consumerisation

On World IoT Day, Time to Address Enterprise Smart Technology Risks

by Bharat Mistry

There’s a global awareness raising initiative for just about every aspect of IT and cyber security today. World Backup Day, Safer Internet Day, Data Protection Day – they all share a common purpose; to engage, educate and motivate individuals and organisations around the world. This Saturday 9 April will see one such event – the fifth annual World Internet of Things (IoT) Day.

The IoT is already having a huge impact on our lives – both at home and, more importantly, at work. But in this race for the new we run a very real risk of adopting technology which has been designed with little regard for security or privacy. So let’s use the occasion of World IoT Day to think more carefully about how to secure smart technology in the enterprise. Continue reading

As CES 2016 Begins, More Reasons for a ‘Bring Your Own Wearables’ Policy

by Bharat Mistry

It might only be the first week in January but already the world’s biggest technology firms are lining up to show you what they’ve been up to over the past 12 months. Wednesday will see the official opening of CES 2016 – the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show. As always, Las Vegas will provide the backdrop as we get a tantalising glimpse into the future – and like last year, much of the focus is likely to centre on the Internet of Things.

But while CES shows us what’s coming down the road, CIOs would do well to remember that smart devices are already finding their way into the enterprise in ever greater numbers. And as they start to sync and share more data than ever before, IT leaders will need to start adapting BYOD plans accordingly.     Continue reading

Sharing the latest in Global Threat Trends with CLOUDSEC

by Ross Baker

Over the past quarter of a century and more Trend Micro has been protecting individuals and organisations around the world from everything the black hats can throw at us. Over that time we’ve come to appreciate that the value we bring is not just in our global threat analyst teams; our award-winning products for endpoint, virtual, cloud and physical security; or our pioneering Smart Protection Network. It’s also in the alliances we form – from law enforcement to academia, to our peers in the security research community.

That’s why we’ve been hosting the CLOUDSEC security conference since 2011. It’s an event that brings together some of cyber security’s foremost practitioners and speakers to share best practices, and the latest industry trends. For the first time ever, it’s coming to London on the 17th September.

Threats, threats, threats
CLOUDSEC covers many of the hottest topics in cyber security today, including targeted attacks, data protection and privacy; Internet of Everything; cloud and virtual security; and critical national infrastructure threats. But cyber security is nothing without context, so attention is always paid to make sessions as relevant as possible.

Even just a cursory look at the IT security headlines over the past week or two will show you why CLOUDSEC is as relevant today as it was four years ago. There have been reports of major vulnerabilities in so-called “smart watches” – potentially increasing the cyber risk surface for organisations already struggling to manage BYOD. Then there was a damaging cyber attack against the US Census Bureau, for which activist group Anonymous claimed responsibility.

But perhaps the most widely reported breach of recent weeks was that hitting the parent company of infidelity site Ashley Madison. Reports are still emerging as to what happened, but attackers The Impact Group claim they have access to highly sensitive data on 37 million customers globally. If nothing else, the incident can tell us much about the limits of online data privacy in the 21st century, and the level of risk facing online businesses which store customer data.

What to expect
In fact, Communicating Cyber Risk to the Business is one of the sessions slated for CLOUDSEC in London in September, along with other presentations on cyber activism, organised crime, incident response and the Internet of Everything.

Expect a raft of world-renowned experts including Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit; PwC Legal’s global head of cyber security and data protection, Stewart Room; and FBI cyber task force supervisory special agent, Timothy Wallach. Also on hand, of course, will be our very own Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes, and VP security research, Rik Ferguson.

We all know cyber security is a never-ending learning curve for IT professionals – so if you’re nearby on Thursday, 17 September, come down to CLOUDSEC in London to take another step on that journey.

More info: http://www.cloudsec.com/uk
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As 600 Million Users Are Exposed to Password Hack, Are Your Employee Devices Safe?

by Ross Dyer

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has for the past few years been both a cause of sleepless nights for security bosses and a major flash point between the business and IT. To that we can now add wearable technology – smart watches, fitness trackers, head-mounted displays and the like which threaten to leak corporate data and expand the enterprise risk surface even further. IT consumerisation took another hit this month when new research revealed that some of the most popular apps in the world have password brute force vulnerabilities, exposing as many as 600 million Android and iOS users.

Of course, when it comes to BYOD and consumerisation, threats affecting personal devices can present major risks to corporate security too. This is why we regard consumerisation as one of the key pillars of cyber security strategy. Continue reading