AI-driven attacks expected to surge in 2024: Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, recently released its Security Predictions Report for 2024 titled “Critical Scalability”. The report emphasizes the crucial need for organizations to adopt an advanced multilayered security approach to counter the growing attack surface.The report underscores that in 2024, a growing number of enterprises will adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies. It notes that approximately 69% of IT leaders view the integration of machine learning as a critical operational priority. Although these technological advancements are anticipated to drive organizational growth, they also pose substantial risks, with bad actors exploiting these innovations to orchestrate attacks.Furthermore, the report also predicts a major shift in the phishing landscape due to the widespread adoption and enhanced capabilities of Generative AI (GenAI) and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). This shift allows for the use of highly realistic audio and video content at a lower cost, leading to an increase in sophisticated scams such as business email compromise (BEC), virtual kidnapping, and similar frauds. Additionally, the 2024 landscape is expected to see heightened vulnerabilities in cloud environments, along with targeted attacks on software supply chains and blockchain technology, which could result in ransom demands or attempts to encrypt entire blockchains.Understanding cybersecurity trends is vital for organizations navigating the rapidly shifting tech landscape,” said Dr. Moataz Bin Ali, Regional Vice President and Managing Director, MMEA, Trend Micro. “With the launch of our Security Predictions Report for 2024, we aim to illuminate the path forward for enterprises in these dynamic times. Trend Micro is committed to not only identifying emerging cyber threats but also equipping businesses and individuals with the strategies and tools to navigate this complex digital terrain. This report is a testament to our dedication to proactive security, empowering regional organizations to stay ahead in an ever-evolving cyber landscape.”The 2024 Trend Micro Security Predictions report underscores Trend Micro's strong commitment to cybersecurity. This dedication is further evidenced in the Trend Micro Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report for H1 2023, which details how the company's sophisticated solutions successfully detected and neutralized over 475 million threats in the MEA region.

Trend Micro launches NextgGen email security to safeguard the digital realm

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity, today announced the launch of Trend Micro Email Security, an innovative cybersecurity solution that leverages a blend of cross-generational threat techniques, including machine learning, sandbox analysis, data loss prevention (DLP), and various other methods to stop all email-based threats. This solution will be hosted in the UAE for the entire Middle East and Africa region.In today's digital landscape, email remains a mission-critical communication channel for businesses, but it is equally susceptible to an ever-increasing array of threats, including ransomware and business email compromise (BEC). According to Trend Micro’s Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report, in the MEA region during the first half of the year, the company’s solutions detected and blocked over 475 million threats, of which 281 million were email threats. These alarming figures underscore the need for the adoption of a robust email security solution to navigate through the evolving threat landscape."In the day and age where digital communication serves as the lifeblood of organizations, email has risen to prominence as the central conduit of information flow. However, it has also become the primary target for a myriad of relentless cyber threats,” said Dr Moataz Bin Ali, Regional Vice President and Managing Director, MMEA, Trend Micro. “Amid this volatile threat landscape, Trend Micro stands as a vigilant guardian of digital security. This product launch is a testament to Trend Micro's unwavering commitment to online safety, ensuring that organizations can thrive in the digital era with confidence and peace of mind."Trend Micro Email Security streamlines threat management and seamlessly integrates with other Trend Micro security layers, offering central visibility of threats across your organization. Importantly, it protects a wide range of email platforms, including Microsoft Exchange™, Microsoft Office 365, Gmail™, and other hosted and on-premises email solutions. It also provides advanced protection against BEC scams by using enhanced machine learning, email header, and content analysis, with an additional layer of authorship scrutiny through Trend Micro™ Writing Style DNA.Additionally, it prevents malicious URLs, utilizes source verification and authentication protocols, leverages extensive threat intelligence for identifying attacker infrastructures in advance, provides policy-driven email encryption, offers DLP templates for tracking sensitive information, and ensures email continuity during server outages. Moreover, the system is complemented by flexible reporting and integrates with Trend Micro Apex Central™ for synchronized threat defense.

Trend Micro joins forces with SCCC Alibaba Cloud

Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Cloud Computing Company (SCCC) Alibaba Cloud to protect the enterprises of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the evolving threat landscape and to promote the localization of cybersecurity solutions in Saudi Arabia.During a special ceremony at the inauguration of Trend Micro’s MEA HQ in Riyadh, SCCC Alibaba Cloud’s Chief Executive Officer, Eng.Talal Albakr, and Trend Micro’s Area Vice President and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa, Dr. Moataz Bin Ali, signed the agreement in the presence of His Excellency Haytham Alohali, Vice Minister, Ministry of Communications, and Information Technology.In 2022, Alibaba Cloud became the world’s first hyperscale cloud provider to enter the Saudi Arabian market, offering its services through Saudi Cloud Computing Company (SCCC). SCCC Alibaba Cloud and Trend Micro will collaborate to provide cutting edge solutions that benefit the customers of both companies. Together, they will share cybersecurity best practices, insights and explore opportunities for hosting Trend Micro’s innovative data lake in Saudi Arabia. The data lake will allow Trend Micro and its partners to offer advanced threat defense solutions from inside Saudi Arabia. The two organizations will also work together on the localization of cybersecurity solutions and practices across the kingdom.“SCCC Alibaba Cloud is committed to enhancing collaborations with partners in various markets to provide tailormade cloud solutions that will empower businesses across industries and help them to thrive in the digital age,” said Eng. Talal Albakr, Chief Executive Officer, SCCC Alibaba Cloud. “With the advent of technology and accelerated digital transformation, our partnership with Trend Micro will go a long way in supporting enterprises across Saudi Arabia in navigating the evolving threat landscape.”“Trend Micro is committed to protecting the digital transformation journeys of Saudi Arabia’s enterprises and communities,” said Dr. Moataz Bin Ali, Area Vice President and Managing Director, Trend Micro, Middle East and Africa. “Today we take another major step as we embark on a new journey of innovation and partnership with SCCC Alibaba Cloud. The threat actor is becoming more sophisticated by the moment, and we will do everything in our capacity to empower the kingdom’s organizations so that they can continue to thrive in the new digital era.”

Trend Micro and Moro Hub collaborate to bolster Cybersecurity skills in the UAE

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, in partnership with Moro Hub, subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (PJSC) hosted a threat hunt workshop at the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE, aimed at fortifying the nation’s digital infrastructure and raise awareness of cybersecurity.With 25 participants, the competition consisted of two separate phases: Phase 1: Attack and Phase 2: Defend. The IT experts were given the opportunity to face simulated cybersecurity challenges, determine the best course of action, and demonstrate their capabilities for both hunting cyber threats and protecting digital assets. Contestants collaborated to develop and execute strategies to effectively detect and block attacks while competing against each other during the event. Dr. Ahmed Alketbi, Chief Information Security Officer of Moro Hub inaugurated the event with a welcome note, setting the tone for an exciting day of cyber challenges, and industry-leading insights from an engaging session on cyber security. Trend Micro’s Senior Sales Engineers conducted a session on Data Center Security Strategy and Implementation, emphasizing the need to streamline operations with hybrid cloud security that delivers the automation and flexibility required to secure today’s modern data centers and journeys in the cloud. A multi-layered solution such as Trend Micro Cloud One is a purpose-built platform for deployments, delivering the operational efficiency required to support and protect various endpoints. “Occasions such as the threat hunt workshop provide us a valuable opportunity to not only raise awareness on robust cybersecurity practices but to also enhance the nation’s digital capabilities to navigate through modern-day cyber threats,” said UAE Country Manager, Majd Sinan, Trend Micro. “Building on our collaboration with Moro Hub, we are dedicated to providing emerging professionals and future industry leaders with the knowledge, in-depth understanding of the threat landscape, and cutting-edge cybersecurity tools essential to protecting all digital environments. We look forward to more collaborative initiatives that advance the cybersecurity movement and help the nation’s organizations, communities, and individuals transform their digital experiences.” “Moro Hub has always been committed to scale and introduce advance security solutions to the region. The threat hunt workshop was designed to enable professionals in this space with strong analytical and technical skills to evade security challenges. The comprehensive workshop not only served as a powerful platform to help cyber professionals learn new insights about tools, tactics and procedures, but also offered an in-depth view on the essential components of effective threat hunting,” said Dr. Ahmed Alketbi, Chief Information Security Officer of Moro Hub. The Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2022: Toward a New Momentum, states that threat actors in 2022 continue to focus on ransomware attacks on data center workloads regardless of their location, as well as exposed services, to take advantage of the large number of people continuing to work remotely. Therefore, platforms like the cyber defense challenge provide an ideal opportunity to further strengthen the protection of the country’s digital ecosystem against modern-day threats