Category Archives: Cloud security

How the UK’s education sector can tackle a new ransomware spike: Part I

by Jonathan Wharton-Street

Ransomware threats have been building for several years. With the barrier to entry lowered considerably thanks to “as-a-service” affiliate programmes, threat groups have thrived. Along with healthcare, the education sector was hard hit during the height of the pandemic, particularly in the UK. Unfortunately, the risks are no less acute in 2021: the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently issued a new alert warning of a surge in attacks on schools, colleges and universities. 

From speaking with customers in the education sector, we understand that the lack of centralised visibility and management across hybrid environments and systems has put a strain on resource to manage the disparate systems / consoles by multiple vendors, but more importantly that this has created a risk of threats been missed or a delay in seeing them until too late. We also understand that 3rd party Research which brings in much needed revenue to Higher education customers, is an areas that most concerns them from the threat of ransomware.

In this first of a mini blog series on ransomware in the education sector, we take a look at the scale of the threat, and where resources should be best directed to mitigate it.

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Providing end-to-end protection for the UK’s largest healthcare charity

by Kat Milsom

Like all healthcare organisations (HCOs), Nuffield Health has had a challenging pandemic. Yet as Head of Enabling IT at Nuffield Health, Ed Moss has the significant burden of securing networks, servers, storage and endpoints across 300 sites and for tens of thousands of employees and contractors.

Fortunately, a near 15-year relationship with Trend Micro has helped keep patients, employees and key IT systems safe and secure.

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Virtual patching: why healthcare IT needs digital face masks

by Toby Hart

Virtual patching: why healthcare IT needs digital face masks 

Complexity is everywhere in modern healthcare IT. It is defined by the curious blend of legacy and modern computing systems that power the NHS: from SaaS apps and cloud servers to remote working laptops and on-premises datacentres. This complexity creates security and compliance risk, particularly as all of those IT assets must be patched to protect them from cyber-threats. Doing so is easier said than done.

This is where virtual patching comes into its own. Think of the technology as a digital equivalent of the face masks providing life-saving protection to NHS staff every day. Virtual patching is low cost, non-invasive, easy-to-use and highly effective.

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Supporting our customers’ cloud journeys with two new Sales Engineer Managers

by Bharat Mistry

Trend Micro works hard to develop industry leading technology. It’s what has kept us at the front of the pack for over three decades. But there’s more to it than that. As a committed channel business, we also have an important role to play in ensuring our partners can deliver these solutions to end customers. That has become more challenging during the pandemic, even as the need for our cloud security and threat detection and response platforms grows even more acute.

That’s why I’m delighted to announce two new Sales Engineer Managers (SEMs): Gavin Evans and Lee Carass. They’ll be ably supported by a fantastic team of dedicated Trenders working hand-in-hand during 2021 to drive value for us and our partners.

A year of threats
It’s been a turbulent year for UK businesses, with cybersecurity professionals caught very much in the centre of the storm. The abrupt shift to remote working and spike in cloud adoption driven by the crisis helped many organisations stay afloat. But these same firms threaten to be submerged as cyber-criminals zero-in on security gaps. These range from distracted remote workers, who may be susceptible to phishing emails and working from unsecured devices, to misconfigured cloud infrastructure and unpatched SaaS applications.

Increasingly we learned last year that financially motivated cyber-criminals, especially those touting ransomware, were adopting techniques more commonly associated with sophisticated APT groups. It puts an even greater pressure on security professionals to detect and respond to attacks as quickly as possible, before threats have had a chance to make a serious impact on the organisation. 

Made for this
Trend Micro’s Cloud One and Vision One platforms were made for this. They offer a comprehensive range of capabilities to automate and enhance cloud security and threat detection and response, respectively. But it’s not enough to have the best products on the market. We need a thriving ecosystem of trusted channel partners that know the products inside-out—experts who can articulate with passion and precision how they can help their end customers’ key security pain points.

That’s where Gavin and Lee come in. As our new UK & Ireland SEMs they’ll be working hard this year to take Trend Micro and our channel ecosystem to the next strategic level of partnership and engagement. This means going beyond the bits and bytes of the technology—although that is still important—to think strategically about how Trend Micro can secure their customers’ journey to the cloud. Gavin will focus on driving strategic conversations within the partner community, while Lee will share his considerable expertise with enterprise customers.

A unique place to work
It won’t be easy. While COVID-19 is certainly driving the need for industry leading cybersecurity solutions to protect digital investments, it’s also creating a few practical problems. Face-to-face meetings with our solutions engineers and partner CISOs is a vital part of the SEM’s job, for example, but these will have to be put on hold for a while. 

The good news is that Gavin and Lee will have a fantastic team working under them, imbued with the dedication, passion and deep technical expertise that makes this such a unique place to work. Good luck to them and everyone on the channel team this year.