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.
by Simon Walsh
IT security teams have always been on the back foot against agile and determined adversaries. But the concern among CISOs is that the pendulum has swung even further away from them over the past couple of years. Trend Micro alone blocked nearly 63 billion threats last year. This puts tremendous pressure on the security operations (SecOps) analysts tasked with detection and response. And as a new study from Trend Micro reveals, they’re reaching breaking point.
A major part of the problem appears to be a historic over-investment in monitoring tools. If you can’t work from a single version of the truth, prioritising threat alerts effectively is going to be near-impossible.