Tag Archives: Online security

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

Trend Micro and the NCA: Sending a Clear Message to Cybercriminals

by Raimund Genes

If you’re a keen follower of all things cyber security then you could be forgiven for thinking we should all probably just pack up and go home because cybercriminals seem to be winning. Thankfully things aren’t as bad as some of the more sensationalist headlines make out. In fact, some initiatives – like our partnership with the National Crime Agency – are starting to see real results.

As a direct result of our joint work with the agency following the Memorandum of Understanding we signed in July, two people have been arrested on suspicion of cybercrime activities. We hope this is just the start and encourage other industry stakeholders to reach out to law enforcement so we can begin to turn the tide. Continue reading

Fulfilling Your Shared Responsibility for Cloud Security

by Ross Dyer

The recent slew of data breaches on both sides of the Atlantic may have an unusual knock on effect, according to one leading analyst. Ovum’s Tim Jennings blogged last week that incidents – like the much reported TalkTalk attack – are likely to push more organisations towards cloud services. The argument goes that the largest providers now spend huge amounts of time and resources on “end to end security” – making them in many cases a more reliable option than an in-house datacentre.

But as Trend Micro looks forward to attending the Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner summit next week, we’d urge cloud customers to remember that security is not all the provider’s responsibility. There’s much that you need to do to ensure your data stays safe from harm, even after farming it out to the cloud.

Shared responsibility
Cloud computing is transforming the way UK organisations do business. By outsourcing key functions to a third party provider, IT can be more agile, efficient and cost effective – driving productivity and innovation. But as AWS regularly cautions, security in the public cloud is a matter of shared responsibility. What does this mean? It means that, in Amazon’s case at least, the provider will take care of components from the host OS and virtualisation layer down to the physical security of the cloud datacentres – a significant reduction in the operational burden. But it’s not the end of the story.

To be fully secure, IT managers must invest in their own security solutions to ensure their content, platform, applications, systems and networks are protected from the latest threats. This might represent a challenge but it’s also an opportunity – because giving up too much control to a third party provider is often cited as a barrier to cloud adoption. So by choosing the right security tools and services, IT buyers can have the best of both worlds – utilising the scalability, elasticity and reliability of the cloud while retaining governance and control where it matters.

And it certainly matters. Cybercriminals are getting increasingly sophisticated in the way they attack cloud and virtual environments. With the wrong security tools in place, performance can suffer and in the worst case scenario, gaps appear which they are only too ready and able to exploit. The shared multi-tenancy environment means poorly defended VMs could become exposed to inter-VM attacks. And the dynamic nature of those virtual machines can lead to “instant-on gaps” when they’re activated and deactivated in rapid cycles without proper patching.

Securing your cloud
Trend Micro is a trusted partner of some of the biggest cloud platform providers in the world, including Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft Azure and VMware. Our flagship product Deep Security has been architected specifically with cloud and virtual environments in mind, offering unrivalled protection for workloads.

As we’ll be demonstrating to attendees at the partner conference next week, here are just some of the benefits to organisations looking to move to the public cloud:

Optimised proactive protection: IDS/IPS features a lightweight agent to offer instant protection without slowing systems

Virtual patching: enables customers to instantly shield workloads from zero day exploits

Award-winning anti-malware: consistently rated the best performing antivirus solution by AV-TEST, we’ll help you identify and remove malware from Linux and Windows workloads and block traffic to known bad domains

Simple security management: one product covers multiple environments, with simple deployment and ongoing management

Accelerate compliance: Deep Security will help comply with PCI DSS and other regulations and help you easily document prevented vulnerabilities, detected attacks, and policy compliance

Improved visibility: Dashboard alerts help admins quickly identify unplanned or malicious changes to your systems