by James Walker
For many organisations, the events of 2020 have solidified the need to move to more flexible, cost effective IT systems capable of supporting mass remote working. Yet as they embark on this journey to the cloud, many IT managers are hit by two challenges: how best to secure their users and manage and procure SaaS systems.
These are the challenges that faced award-winning UK Infrastructure and Civil Engineering firm Story Contracting last year. Fortunately, Trend Micro and Vodafone Business were on hand to help.
One of the most audacious cyber-attacks of recent years was revealed last December, when state-backed hackers infected customers of an IT software company via a malicious update. That SolarWinds attack resulted in the compromise of at least nine US government departments. At the time Trend Micro warned that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, we were right. Now, potentially thousands of customers of another IT management software company, Kaseya, have experienced a similar fate.
While US intelligence agencies investigate, Trend Micro and its partners’ customers remain protected via multiple layers of defence. Here’s what happened and how we’re keeping these organisations safe.
by Jonathan Wharton-Street
The UK’s schools, further education colleges and universities are increasingly in the crosshairs of global threat actors. Why? Because they’re viewed as easy and potentially lucrative targets: with few resources to spend on cybersecurity, but at the same time under great pressure to keep classrooms open. Combined this with large volumes of sensitive personal and financial data and you have a perfect target for a ransomware group.
In the previous two parts of this blog series, we explored the main threat vectors used by these groups, the potential impact of attacks, and recommendations from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to stay secure.
Now it’s time to offer our own advice for education institutions, and show you how Trend Micro products can help.
by Jonathan Wharton-Street
The UK’s schools, colleges and universities are currently experiencing a surge in ransomware attacks, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). While organisations in many verticals are being targeted by the same financially motivated threat actors, the education sector has arguably more to lose than most. With schools and unis playing catch-up after a year of lockdown disruption, they can ill-afford more set-backs due to digital extortion.
Fortunately, best practice security to help mitigate risk in this area needn’t be onerous. The NCSC and Trend Micro have a wealth of resources and capabilities to help protect your organisation.