Tag Archives: Online security

Radiohead Extortion Attempt Should Be a Warning to Firms

by Ian Heritage

Legendary UK band Radiohead is not technically a corporate entity. But it generates enough revenue to be considered one, with individual band members now worth tens of millions of pounds. Why should this matter? This week it was hit by an online extortion attack lifted straight from the corporate world — something Trend Micro has been warning organisations about for some time.

It should serve as another reminder that cyber-related risk may not just equate to stolen customer data or service interruptions. It could mean sensitive IP sold to the highest bidder, or used as a premise for extortion.

Continue reading

Safer Internet Day: working together for a better internet

by Ian Heritage

Last week Facebook and Google hit the headlines yet again for the wrong reasons after they were found to have bypassed Apple’s strict approvals process to distribute data harvesting apps to users. In Facebook’s case, the firm paid users as young as 13 in return for downloading the market research app. Critics claim it was less than open about the privacy-invading purposes of the app, and that its parental consent ‘checks’ could be easily faked.

It has all served as a timely reminder of the privacy and security risks families are exposed to on a regular basis today, as we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) around the world tomorrow, on the 5th February. Continue reading

With Government Missing, Here’s How CNI Firms Can Tackle Cyber Risk

by Bharat Mistry

The government is failing to address the cyber challenge facing the UK’s critical infrastructure (CNI) providers urgently enough, a new parliamentary report has claimed. In many ways the challenges facing CNI firms are broadly the same as for other organisations, just that the impact of successful attacks could go way beyond data loss and damaged brand reputation to devastating disruption of daily life and potentially even physical harm to citizens.

The good news is that, in lieu of government action, there are many things that organisations in the sector can do to mitigate risk and improve cyber resilience. They just need to remember to layer up security at all levels of the IT infrastructure, from DevOps up. Continue reading

Securing Cloud Workloads: Making DevSecOps a Reality at VMworld Europe

by Bharat Mistry

You might have noticed new official ONS figures claiming a 30% drop in cybercrime in the UK over the past year. But don’t be misled by the headline stats: the truth is that threats, especially against organisations, are on the rise. Trend Micro blocked over 20.4 billion of them in the first half of the year alone. The risks are especially pronounced during the app development lifecycle when the focus can sometimes fall too heavily on time-to-market, at the expense of security. That’s why cloud workload security is one of the top two IT budget priorities for 2019, according to a new study.

As organisations increasingly look to DevOps to drive innovation and growth, the need to seamlessly integrate security controls pre-deployment and at runtime becomes more urgent. Join us at VMworld Europe next month to find out how Trend Micro is helping global organisations manage these challenges. Continue reading