Trend Micro calls on Filipino IT professionals to embark on collaborative cyber threat defense


Trend Micro calls on Filipino IT professionals to embark on collaborative cyber threat defense
In its recently released Midyear Security Roundup 2018, Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, noted that cyber criminals are moving away from attentiongrabbing ransomware attacks to more covert methods intended to steal money and valuable computing resources. These methods include cryptocurrency mining malware, as well as fileless, macro, and small file malware, just to name a few.

”Cybercriminals will constantly shift their tools, tactics and procedures (TTPs) to improve their infection rates,” said Alma Alvarez, Director for Training and Cyber Threat Hunting of Trend Micro. ”The spray and pray ransomware attacks we’ve seen in the previous years had become the norm, so attackers changed their tactics to be more covert, using entry vectors not previously seen or used extensively.

“That said, tried and tested tactics still prove effective, as seen in the threats affecting the country and region. IT professionals must evaluate not just their organization’s defenses, but also their own
cybersecurity skills and knowledge to ensure sufficient protection is in place to stop these threats.

“in addition, it’s more important than ever to have a complete, multilayered defense strategy that protects against these attack vectors. The latest attack types require sophisticated detection capabilities, but traditional protections are also required to stop often-overlooked methods of entry
that may not be thought of as a risk”, she added.

Cybercrime and updates in the threat landscape are among the topics discussed in the recently held DECODE security conference hosted by Trend Micro today October 11 at the Makati Shangri-La hotel.

Now on its second year, DECODE continues to let Filipino IT professionals in on the most-up-to-date

technologies, tools available, and skills that they can use to better secure their organization’s digital infrastructure.

This year’s theme was ”Connected Threat Intelligence” and it featured talks and track sessions, given by industry experts and Trend Micro’s own researchers, on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (loT) security, reverse engineering, and forensics. With the ever
increasing interconnectivity between devices and organizations in and around the world, the risk of hacking and other security threats likewise become a major concern.

Yet all is not lost as participants of DECODE collaborated on how to combat these very threats. And while we cannot get all these threats all in one go, DECODE is a good start and shows everyone that
there is something that can be done to help keep our interconnected world safe from whatever threat is out there.


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