Category Archives: Cybercrime

Supporting secure remote working for UK businesses during lockdown

By Joe Ashton

For organisations up and down the country, the past month has been a steep learning curve. The IT and security functions have never been more vital to ensuring business-as-usual, as hundreds or thousands of employees transition to remote working. Cyber-criminals have also been quick to adapt to the rapidly changing situation, making it crucial that CIOs and CISOs have the right tools, processes and policies in place to support productivity whilst managing risk effectively.

This is where Trend Micro has been able to offer its unique expertise as a trusted security partner.

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Zoom threats: how to keep your business and employees safe

by Bharat Mistry

Cyber-criminals are always looking for new opportunities to make money and steal data. Globally trending events are a tried-and-tested way of doing just this, and they don’t come much bigger than the current Covid-19 pandemic. It’s sparking a wave of phishing, BEC, extortion, ransomware and data breach attempts. And as increasing numbers of global workers are sent home, new opportunities are opening up to compromise video conferencing apps.

Although not alone in being targeted, Zoom has been the subject of some of the highest-profile incidents so far this year. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your business safe.

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Taking endpoint detection to the next level with analyst recognition

By Bharat Mistry

Endpoint detection and response (EDR) plays a crucial role in any enterprise IT security posture. But increasingly organisations need more than EDR. That’s why Trend Micro developed its XDR platform

So it was fantastic to see our strategy recognised recently after Forrester named Trend Micro a “leader” in its latest report, Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Detection and Response, Q1 2020.

Beyond the endpoint
When done well, EDR helps teams spot and block threats early on, before they have a chance to compromise key systems and data. This is vital in a world in which we detected and blocked over 52 billion threats in 2019 alone. Not only are these growing in volume, they’re growing in variety, stretching already under-staffed security teams to the limit.

XDR was designed to empower these teams to hit back. Unlike traditional EDR it goes beyond the endpoint to also collect and analyse data from email, servers, cloud workloads, and networks. This provides more context for teams which, when combined with the tool’s built-in AI capabilities and expert security analytics, helps them to find and contain threats more easily.

Ultimately, this means fewer, higher fidelity alerts, to maximise your organisation’s limited resources and keep threats at bay. Given the current environment, where security staff may be off sick or tied up on other projects, it’s more important than ever.

What Forrester said
Trend Micro received the highest possible score in six areas: endpoint telemetry; security analytics; product vision; performance; enterprise clients [in market presence category]; and product line revenue. The analyst noted:

“Trend Micro has a forward-thinking approach and is an excellent choice for organizations wanting to centralize reporting and detection with XDR but have less capacity for proactively performing threat hunting.”

Find out more here and access the full report

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Tracking the continuous evolution of notorious APT group Pawn Storm

By Bharat Mistry

Trend Micro is dedicated to securing the connected world, and all of our customers across the globe. To help us in this task, we have a team of over 1,200 dedicated white hat researchers working round the clock to anticipate and investigate the latest emerging cyber-threats. Many of the groups responsible for these are criminal gangs. But increasingly they may also be state-backed hackers. Now this may sound like a far cry from the day-to-day mundanity of the average UK enterprise. But that’s not necessarily the case.  

Sophisticated Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups don’t always target big-name brands or military and critical infrastructure sectors. As our latest research into the infamous Pawn Storm group highlights, they’re even going after private schools, kindergartens and doctors.

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