As DPO Vacancies Soar 700%, Time is Running Out to Craft a Coherent GDPR Strategy

by Bharat Mistry

New figures from jobs site Indeed this week reveal that vacancies for Data Protection Officers (DPOs) have soared by 709% in the two years since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was ratified two years back. It’s a shame that, with so long to prepare, organisations are only now wising up to the implications of the region-wide privacy law. Our own research has shown that many other areas of investment are also lacking.

What are needed most now are cool heads and a long-term, strategic approach to GDPR compliance. Racing to finish before the May 25 deadline could lead to mistakes and gaps which may cause more harm than good. Think of this as a continuous process, not a one-off Y2K-style effort. Continue reading

As UK Police Cyber Spending Soars, Let’s Not Forget the Value of Public-Private Partnerships

by Bharat Mistry

UK police forces have spent more than £1.3m on cybercrime training over the past three years, according to a new thinktank report. This is great to see, especially considering the escalating threat to consumers and businesses as the nation and its economy become increasingly dependent on digital systems.

But as cybercrime soars while public funding shrinks, law enforcers also need to make the most of private sector partnerships, like the ground-breaking alliance Trend Micro has forged over recent years with the country’s pre-eminent crime agency. Continue reading

Showcasing the Photography Stars of the Future

by Ross Baker

Trend Micro’s mission is first and foremost to make the world a safer place in which to exchange digital information. But we’ve always tried to do so with a keen sense of what it takes to be a responsible corporate citizen. Our partnerships around the world have seen us invest in various initiatives to help build and develop local communities.

One such partnership is with City of Westminster College in London. If you’re keen to see what the next generation of star photographers look like, then come down to the student exhibition at our offices on 22 March. Continue reading

Trend Micro @ MWC: Securing Our Mobile, Connected World

by Bharat Mistry

Time flies fast in tech. When Trend Micro was founded nearly 30 years ago, mobile phones were pretty clunky, prohibitively expensive and not in the least bit “smart”. Fast forward to today and the device in your pocket has more compute power than the NASA machines that put man on the moon. Over the years, the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona has offered us a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable growth of this industry.

Mobile is now at the very heart of our digital world. It means much more today than smartphones — extending out into the Internet of Things (IoT) to permeate virtually every aspect of our lives. But with this newly connected, digital world come new risks. That’s why Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen was on hand at MWC this year, to explain to the press how her vision for connected intelligence can help build a safer connected world. Continue reading