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Flying High in the Hybrid Cloud with More “Market Leader” Analyst Recognition

by Bharat Mistry

Modern organisations are laser-focused on business agility and the customer experience. To help them respond quicker to changing market demands they are turning to the hybrid cloud and DevOps. But this kind of innovation-centric digital growth can only be achieved with a strong and secure foundation. Trend Micro was one of the first to spot this emerging trend a decade ago, and today we’re recognised as the market leader.

In fact, we’re celebrating again, having just been named the “dominant leader” in IDC’s latest report, Worldwide Software Defined Compute Workload Security Market Shares, 2018

Why SDC workloads matter
As the IDC report explains, software-defined compute (SDC) covers a large number of abstraction technologies across the system software stack. Although technically a subset of endpoint security, SDC workload security is primarily designed to protect VMs, containers and cloud system software — and as such is commonly used in the context of cloud environments. Tools in this category can include things like anti-malware, firewall, host intrusion detection, application control and integrity monitoring.

Why does this matter? Because increasingly the cloud, and therefore VMs and containers, is being used to develop and support the microservices-based applications needed to drive faster, more responsive customer-facing experiences. But as we predict in our new report, The New Norm, these environments are set to come under much greater scrutiny by hackers over the coming decade. Cloud platforms are particularly at risk from code injection attacks, either directly or via third-party libraries, while containers and serverless architectures could be exploited because they contain vulnerable shared code components.

This poses an existential threat to modern businesses. If your cloud systems and apps get hacked, digital growth efforts could be halted in their tracks.

A long journey
Trend Micro’s share of the SDC workload security market now stands at over two-fifths, nearly triple its nearest competitor, according to IDC. That’s due in part to our vision in this space. Back in 2009 we acquired a little-known host-based intrusion-prevention and firewall software provider called Third Brigade. It was the start of a long journey, as we steadily built out our capabilities for virtual, hybrid cloud and container environments.

Today we offer comprehensive security across physical, virtual and hybrid cloud environments from a single pane of glass with tight integration into AWS, Azure and GCP. Trend Micro has also focused on automation and security-as-code to embed seamless protection into DevOps pipelines, including pre-runtime scanning of container images.

Most recently, we released XDR, which correlates data across email, network, endpoint, server and cloud workloads to spot and block malicious workload activity. And we bought leading cloud security posture management firm Cloud Conformity to tackle misconfiguration and compliance/governance challenges.

All of these capabilities and more will soon be offered as part of a holistic Cloud One solution that allows organisations to receive automated protection from a single console — minimising risk, management overheads and billing issues. Trend Micro is always looking one step ahead to provide protection where you need it.

Supply chain risk to dominate 2020: from the cloud all the way to the remote worker

by Bharat Mistry

We all know that the success or otherwise of most modern organisations depends to a large degree on their supply chains. From professional services partners to software providers and transportation contractors, an average enterprise could maintain hundreds of these partnerships. But these all threaten to introduce extra risk to the business, especially in the cyber domain.

Trend Micro’s newly released 2020 predictions report highlights some of the key areas where organisations may be exposed next year: from cloud and managed service providers (MSPs), new DevOps dependencies and even supply chain risks associated with their remote workers.

A new spin on an old risk
Supply chain risk is not a new phenomenon per se. The infamous NotPetya ransomware attacks of 2017 were introduced via the software supply chain, for example, while Operation Cloud Hopper was a major attack campaign targeting global organisations via their MSPs.

However, the scale of the threat coming down the line requires urgent attention. It stems to a large degree from the way organisations are changing the way they work. Digital transformation is viewed by many as an essential driver of business growth, enabling firms to respond with agility to changing market demands. In practice, this means cloud and DevOps increasingly taking centre stage in the IT departments of the coming decade.

More agility, more risk?
Unfortunately, this will introduce new cyber risk. First, organisations’ increasing reliance on third-party cloud providers will encourage attackers to go after data stored in these accounts, via code injection attacks exploiting deserialisation bugs, cross-site scripting and SQL injection. They’ll also capitalise on mistakes made when misconfiguration of these accounts leaks data to the public-facing internet.

Next, they’ll look to exploit the reliance of DevOps teams on third-party code in container components and libraries to compromise microservices and serverless environments. As these architectures become increasingly commonplace, so will attacks.

The risk posed by MSPs will also escalate, enabling a much higher ROI for attackers because they can access multiple customers via a single provider. Such threats will imperil corporate and customer data, and even pose a risk to smart factory and other environments.

Finally, supply chain risk may come from an unlikely source in 2020 and beyond. As remote and home working becomes the norm for many employees, hackers may come to view these as a handy stepping-stone into corporate networks. Whether they’re logging-on via unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots or at home, where smart home flaws could provide an unlocked door to sneak through, these employees need to be considered as part of holistic enterprise risk management strategies.

What to do
I
t will be tough for CISOs to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change as we head through the next decade. But it’s vital that teams are equipped with the right tools and strategies to manage these third-party risks and other threats to the bottom line and corporate reputation. Here’s a snapshot of advice offered in the report:

  • Improve due diligence of cloud providers and MSPs
  • Conduct regular vulnerability and risk assessments on third parties
  • Invest in security tools to scan for vulnerabilities and malware in third-party components
  • Consider Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools to help minimise the risk of misconfigurations
  • Revisit security policies regarding home and remote workers

To find out more on our predictions for 2020 and advice on how best to manage risk in your business, check out the report here.

Tackling risk in a multi- and hybrid cloud world

by Bharat Mistry

Cloud computing sits front-and-centre of most organisations’ growth plans today. The sheer scalability and cost efficiencies that can be wrung out of on-demand compute services helpfirms to do more with less, respond with greater agility to meet market demands, support seamless DevOps processes, and run a leaner, greener business. It’s no surprise that the public IaaS market grew over 31% in 2018 to top $32 billion.

Yet cybersecurity is a perennial barrier to cloud success, and it’s getting harder as cloud deployments grow in scale and complexity. Put simply, organisations can no longer handle their cloud security needs with a collection of point products. They need a simple, unified platform for maximum visibility and control.

Fragmented and risky
The macro trend points to increased cloud adoption as digital transformation efforts taking hold across a range of verticals. But peer closer and the picture is much more nuanced. In reality, there are many different flavours of cloud adoption. No two organisations are alike and running the same kind of IT infrastructure. Legacy servers may sit alongside virtualised infrastructure and/or public cloud deployments. Then there are fast-emerging services like containers and serverless. Some organisations may be investing in multiple platforms from different providers, ramping the complexity up even further.

In dynamic hybrid and multi-cloud environments like these, CISOs need to ensure that workloads are protected wherever they are. At the same time, hackers are increasingly focusing their efforts on exploiting vulnerabilities in containers and the third-party code that is shared and reused in the developer community to accelerate DevOps. Then there’s the challengeof human error, with misconfiguration of cloud architecture a major risk.

The impact of security breaches could be catastrophic, leading to data theft, ransomware, and other cyber-threats that could undermine brand value and damage the bottom line.

Trend Micro unifies cloud security
Up until now, organisations have had no choice but to keep running multiple point products to secure various parts of their hybrid cloud infrastructure. But it doesn’t have to be this complicated. 

Cloud One from Trend Micro brings together the world’s leading workload security service and container image scanning/runtime protection with brand-new offerings for application security, network security, file storage security and cloud security posture management (CSPM). The latter comes from Trend Micro’s recent acquisition of Cloud Conformity – delivering a product designed to mitigate misconfiguration mistakes and enhance security compliance and governance in the cloud.

Whatever stage your cloud journey is at, you’ll get simplified, automated protection delivered from a single console, with single-sign on, common user and cloud-service enrolment, and a common pricing and billing model.

Available from Q1 2020, Cloud One will cover:• Trend Micro™ Cloud One – Workload Security• Cloud One – Container Image Security• Cloud One – File Storage Security• Cloud One – Network Security• Cloud One – Cloud Posture Management• Cloud One – Application Security

To find out more, please visit https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/business/campaigns/cloud-one-services.html

Industry 4.0: protecting the smart factory from escalating cyber-threats

by Ian Heritage

As in many other sectors, manufacturing organisations are rapidly embracing digital transformation to drive efficiencies, agility and growth. In so doing, they’re investing in new industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems to accelerate convergence between previously siloed IT and OT spheres. But this digital revolution also opens the door to new threats, as previously air-gapped systems and proprietary technologies are brought online and exposed to remote hackers.

That’s why Trend Micro has just announced major new security products designed to enhance visibility and protection for imperilled industrial control system (ICS) environments.

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