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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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Supporting the Scottish public sector during Cyber Scotland Week 2020

by James Munroe

Some of the most important work we do at Trend Micro is with central governments and local authorities. These organisations are the custodians of highly sensitive citizen data and operate services critical to society. Cyber-attacks are a major threat to both.

That’s why we’ll be sponsoring Holyrood Connect’s Scottish Public Sector Cyber Security Conference later this month. Drop by to see how Trend Micro can help your organisation better manage cyber risk.

On the frontline
Public sector IT managers have a difficult job. On the one hand, they’re faced with escalating threats designed to steal sensitive citizen data and extort money through ransomware. Recent FOI data revealed that UK councils are hit with cyber-attacks numbering as many as 800 every hour. Yet they must tackle these threats with minimal budgets. Just 18% claim to have cyber insurance in place, for example.

All of this is happening against a backdrop of digitalisation, as public sector bodies like those in Scotland migrate more services to the cloud to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Yet if not managed securely, this can widen the attack surface of these organisations.

At Trend Micro we advocate multi-layered defence, built around a blend of cross-generational techniques across the endpoint, network, and hybrid cloud. Sourcing these from a single vendor makes most sense, as you can close down visibility gaps, optimise performance and reduce costs.

Our Cloud App Security (CAS) offering is particularly popular with government agencies and authorities that are keen to add an extra security layer to their Office 365 and file sharing deployments.

We’re a proud sponsor of the Holyrood Connect Scottish Public Sector Cyber Security Conference later this month. To find out more, do drop by to our stand to see how Trend Micro can help your organisation drive digital transfomation whilst minimising cyber risk.

What: Holyrood Connect’s Scottish Public Sector Cyber Security Conference 
Where: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
When: 18-19 February

The Deepfake Threat: Why it’s Time to Update Your Security Policies

by Ian Heritage

Could this be the year that deepfakes break through into popular culture? One ominous sign of things to come has been the scrambling of social media companies over the past few weeks to develop a coherent set of policies on faked content. Their actions should help raise awareness and limit the impact of malicious audio and video online.

But let’s not forget that deepfakes are already being used by cyber-criminals today, specifically in CEO fraud attacks. This will require CISOs to update their risk management and security strategies, as attacks become more widespread and convincing.

Keeping it real
AI-powered deepfakes are spoofed audio or video clips which are hard to distinguish from the original. They quite literally put words in the mouth of the subject; whether it’s a famous politician, a celebrity or a CEO. While it sounds like a lot of fun, there’s a serious side. Doctored video clips could be used ahead of elections to discredit candidates, for example. The bad news is that psychologists believe that once we’ve viewed something like this, it tends to have a lasting impact on our perception of a person, even if we subsequently find out the video is a fake.

Social media companies are understandably nervous about the potential for misinformation on a whole new scale spreading via their platforms. Earlier this week Twitter revealed its policy on deepfakes, promising to label any content that has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” and that has been shared deceptively. It said it would remove any such content also deemed capable of causing harm. The firm joins Facebook, which last month said it would ban deepfakes outright from its site, and YouTube, which has banned such content in the run up to the 2020 US Presidential election.

Firms under pressure
In this context, deepfakes represent a major threat to democratic countries like ours, especially following previous attempts by nation states to interfere in elections and referendums. But there’s another angle more relevant to businesses. Deepfake audio clips are already being used in quasi-BEC attacks, designed to impersonate CEOs and trick employees into wiring funds to hacker-controlled bank accounts.

A UK energy company lost €220,000 (£187,000) after its CEO was tricked into making a fund transfer by someone he thought to be his German boss. In reality, the ‘person’ on the other end of the phone was simply a deepfake audio clip. This is just the beginning. In our 2020 predictions report, we argue that the C-suite will increasingly find themselves targeted by this kind of hi-tech fraud, as their public profile will make it easier for cyber-criminals to record and mimic their voice.

Spotting the fakers
We’re just at the start of a very long road. In time, the technology will get better, making it harder to spot the fakes. We may even reach a point when organisations or individuals are held to ransom with fake clips of a CEO doing something outrageous, which could cause the company share price to tank.

CISOs must therefore act now to build this threat into their security strategies, by updating their employee awareness training, and tightening company policies on large fund transfers. Fortunately, the majority of CEO fraud today still occurs via email. And for these occasions Trend Micro has its own AI-powered solution, Writing Style DNA, which “blueprints” the writing style of senior executives so that it can raise the alarm when hackers try to impersonate them. We recommend its use as part of a layered approach to email security that focus on domain reputation and other elements.

Also, be reassured that cybersecurity remains an arms race. The deepfakers might appear to have the upper hand at the moment, but realistic fakes are few and far between, and we’re working all the time on ways to foil them.