Showing our support for the UK government’s flagship cybersecurity event

by Bharat Mistry

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has done a fantastic job since it was launched in 2016 of supporting businesses, government agencies and the public in their efforts to become more secure. Most recently this week it launched a new Cyber Accelerator designed to uncover the most talented UK start-ups in the sector — all with the mission of making the UK the safest place in which to live and work online.

At Trend Micro, we might sit at the opposite end of the industry from the start-up community, but we’re right behind the NCSC’s efforts. That’s why we’re showing our support at the CYBERUK event hosted by the NCSC next week, as a networking sponsor.

Getting tougher
It’s getting tougher by the year for CISOs to balance the conflicting demands of keeping commodity threats away, tackling advanced targeted attacks and supporting digital transformation initiatives. As we have found through previous research, security teams are often not involved early on enough in such projects, adding to the challenges they face in mitigating risk. Then there are the threats. Last year we detected an 819% year-on-year increase in fileless attacks, a 269% increase in phishing detections, a 237% increase in crypto-jacking, and a more modest 28% surge in BEC attacks.

According to government figures from earlier this month, just over a third of businesses overall reported being a victim of a security breach or cyber-attack in the previous 12 months. While this figure is technically down from last year, it’s important to note that it rises to 61% for large businesses better able to detect such incidents. Plus, the median number of attacks per organisation rose from two in 2017 to six in 2018.

Not only this, but your average CISO also has to manage security amidst an industry skills shortage that has reached epidemic proportions, with over 140,000 positions unfilled across EMEA and nearly three million globally.

Time to collaborate
All of which makes it more important than ever for security professionals to reach out: to their peers; to industry experts like Trend Micro; to government agencies like the NCSC; to law enforcers, and others. The cybercrime underground not only facilitates the trade of stolen data, hacking tools and other illicit products. It is also a vast, highly efficient platform for the sharing of information to facilitate fraud and cyber-attacks — usually at a price, but it’s still a powerful tool for all that. We must respond in kind by encouraging collaboration, information sharing and outreach.

That’s why we’re delighted to sponsor the networking element of the show: because it’s in the spaces between the highly informative keynotes and sessions which attendees often get the most value, sharing best practices and war stories, catching up with old contacts and forging new relationships. We’re joined as sponsors by the likes of Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), both of whom are Trend Micro partners and keen supporters of this collaborative approach to solving industry-wide cybercrime problems.

It promises to be a fantastic event once again. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Where: Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow
When: 24 – 25 April 2019

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