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Why the pace of cyber change is racing ahead of boardroom engagement 

by Bharat Mistry

Humans are addicted to stories. But sometimes the stories we tell are overly simplistic. In cybersecurity, a recurring narrative is one of C-suite executives perpetually at odds with IT leaders. They’re disinterested in what the security team does, and release funds begrudgingly and often reactively once a serious incident has occurred. This leads to mounting cyber risk, and an increasing likelihood that the organisation will suffer serious reputational and financial damage stemming from future incidents—or so the story goes.

In reality, things are more nuanced, as new Trend Micro research reveals. And they’re far from beyond the point of repair. But closer IT-board engagement is a must if these organisations are to avoid the mistakes of the past and build a security-by-design culture that permeates enterprise-wide.

Digital means risk
We all know the story of the past two years. Mass digital investments in SaaS collaboration suites, cloud infrastructure and other tools helped to keep organisations operational when they needed it most. The money continues to flow today, as those same companies realise they must keep on pumping funds into digital to stay competitive amidst rising customer expectations. Gartner predicted public cloud spending growth would hit 23% year-on-year in 2021 and increase 20% this year to top $397bn.

From a cybersecurity perspective, these business decisions are loaded with risk if protections are not built into projects from the start. Our recent global poll revealed that of 90% of business and IT decision makers are concerned about the impact of ransomware. It also found generally poor levels of cyber-awareness among board members. Less than half (46%) of respondents claimed concepts like “cyber risk” and “cyber risk management” were known extensively in their organisation. 

The landscape is changing fast
Yet things are not as bad as they seem at first glance. The largest group of organizations (42%) claimed they spend most funds on tackling cyber-attacks, rather than the usual business suspects of digital transformation (36%) and workforce transformation (27%). Half claimed they’d recently invested in mitigating the risk of ransomware attacks and breaches.

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Just how bad is the Log4j/Log4Shell vulnerability?

by Simon Walsh

Over the weekend, security teams across the globe have been racing against the clock to mitigate a newly discovered vulnerability. The bug is found in popular Apache logging system Log4j, and has been dubbed “Log4Shell”. It’s already being exploited in the wild.

Here we explain how attacks work and what your organisation should do.

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Why best practice security starts with improved IT-business communication

by Bharat Mistry

There’s always been friction at the heart of the relationship between IT and the business. It’s particularly acute in the sphere of cyber, where the security function has long been regarded with suspicion as a block on innovation and productivity. However, the chasm between both sides has rarely been this wide. Nor have the repercussions of miscommunication and mistrust been so potentially catastrophic. A new Trend Micro study lays bare the scale of the problem, and offers some advice on how to tackle it.

To build the security-by-design culture that modern organisations need, security must be formalised, and embedded into every business process. 

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Driving success for Trend Micro’s MSP business

by Ritesh Pau

They say “good things come to those who wait”. That’s certainly my experience with Trend Micro. The journey actually started over a year-and-a-half ago following a conversation with Channel Director, James Munroe. Unfortunately, the right role didn’t exist back then. 

But 18 months—and a brief stint at HPE—later, Trend Micro kick-started the discussions again and I was delighted to become part of the team as an MSP manager.

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