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Attention CEOs: Report Reveals Major Impact of Breaches on Share Price

by Bharat Mistry

We’ve been talking about the importance of elevating cybersecurity to the boardroom for decades. And despite the growing number of errant companies out there suffering high profile data breaches over the years, there are many CEOs who still don’t get it. That’s why we were interested to read a new piece of research linking serious cyber incidents for the first time to share price performance.

It revealed that severe breaches on average cost public companies 1.8% of their value, running into £120 million for a typical FTSE100 firm. That should be enough to make any board sit up and take notice, and begin plans to implement effective layered security to mitigate cyber risk.

It’s just part of the message we’ll be taking to the Infosecurity Europe show in London this June. So be sure to drop by Stand D25 to find out more. Continue reading

The UK is Under Cyber Attack, But the Fightback Starts Now

by Bharat Mistry

We all know the UK is under attack on an unprecedented scale. A government report from 2016 claimed two-thirds of large businesses had been hit over the past 12 months. The launch of the National Cyber Security Centre will help, of course. But for IT and business leaders looking to craft an effective cyber response, it’s vital to know what’s actually happening on the ground. That’s why Trend Micro recently interviewed hundreds of decision makers on the IT coal face. With their feedback, we produced a report which will help to reveal the scale of the problem facing firms, their key cybersecurity challenges, major areas of weakness, and what IT teams are doing to respond.

We found that the vast majority favour a coordinated, multi-layered approach featuring advanced security tools from a single, established vendor. 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

It’s Time to Up Cyber Maturity Levels in 2017 – Starting with the Endpoint

by Bharat Mistry

As we close out another eventful year one thing is patently obvious: cyber threats have never represented a bigger risk to firms. Data and security breaches recently revealed at the likes of PayAsUGym, Ryanair, Lynda.com, KFC and more have all provide a timely festive reminder to CISOs of the value of multi-layered threat defence. More concerning still are new stats suggesting UK firms continue to operate with lower levels of security maturity than their US counterparts.

A good way to start the new year would surely be to consider how your organization can be smarter about security in 2017. And that means taking a look first at the endpoint.

Another year of breaches
Even before the catastrophic breaches at Yahoo, which may have affected over 1.5 billion accounts, were revealed, this was already shaping up to be another epic year for the black hats. Perhaps most worrying from the stream of breach incidents we’ve all read about in the news over the past 12 months is the fact that organisations are still making the same old mistakes.

Newly released data from UK-based insurer CFC Underwriting makes for particularly uncomfortable reading. It reveals that firm handled more than 400 claims on cyber breach policies this year – with the main categories being privacy breaches (31%), financial loss (22%) and ransomware (16%). Now, we don’t have mandatory breach reporting laws in the UK – not until the European GDPR comes into force in 2018, at least. So this is an interesting reminder that, while we might not always hear about them, security incidents are happening – and affecting UK firms every day.

More concerning still is that UK firms apparently represent 8% of the insurer’s policy count, but 17% of its claims count. Why does the UK have a disproportionately high volume of claims? CFC reckons because of the low cybersecurity maturity of these organisations.

Start with the endpoint
A comprehensive approach to cybersecurity of course requires multiple layers of protection including web and email gateways, networks and servers – not forgetting the vital “people” and “policy” elements. But many of the attacks which have led to damaging breaches over the past year started at the endpoint – the initial incursion point into the corporate network. We therefore need to start our efforts by better protecting this layer of infrastructure – but it’s not easy given the explosion in endpoints facilitated by cloud, mobile and IoT technologies.

Trend Micro’s answer is XGen: a cross-generational approach reliant on multiple layers of protection. None of these are a silver bullet on their own. But together they can form a formidable defence against the vast majority of known and unknown threats.

It should feature signature and non-signature based tools, including behavioural based filters, app control, exploit prevention and machine learning. The latter has been used for years by Trend Micro. But in this context we’ve made it even more effective at stopping threats by designing capabilities which extract and analyse a suspect file’s characteristics before and during its execution. This helps to reduce false positives and improve accuracy.

Endpoint compromise can play a vital role early on in the cyber kill chain. As we head into 2017, don’t underestimate the importance of gaining visibility and control at this layer. With huge regulatory pressure coming from Europe in 2018, no CISO can afford to ignore it.