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Mitigating Risk to Enhance Data Security

In this article, Jason Allaway, RES Area VP for the U.K. and Ireland, reveals what the true cost of a ransomware attack like WannaCry will be in the GDPR era. As many organizations struggle to prepare for the upcoming regulation, Jason shares the three pillars of risk that must be integrated into organizations’ GDPR strategies to protect and secure sensitive data without hindering productivity.

Over the last few weeks, there have been numerous news stories around the WannaCry ransomware attack and the disruption that it has produced. WannaCry has caused major issues and compromised personal data around the world in a very short period of time.  It was reported that more than 200,000 computers were hijacked in more than 150 countries, with victims including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies and warehouses.

Today, data is worth a lot of money, and cybercriminals know it. This is one of the key reasons why the EU has established requirements around doing more to protect data from breaches with the impending GDPR legislation. In fact, the GDPR compliance deadline of May 25, 2018 is less than one year away.



I had an epiphany today about a major reason open source is disrupting enterprise software. This is perhaps one of those things that you have heard so much, you've gone numb to it. All the big giants are still alive and kicking, however; so is this really happening? The answer is yes, however the mechanics are not what you think. It is not simply just a cost play. The acquisition - one of the main weapons that big software vendors had to fight disruptors - is losing effectiveness.  And that changes everything. Allow me to explain:

In the past, big vendors bought the smaller potential disruptors and got the code and customers. Cash disrupted the disruptor; investors got paid, and customers got the new technology as part of the big vendor's larger suite. Everyone was happy.



The exciting landscape of modern life has been built with the aid of powerful computers. They have done dazzling things, from making the trains run on time to helping to build skyscrapers. Now, imagine a discontinuity in computing in which these capabilities are suddenly expanded and enhanced by orders of magnitude.

You won’t have to imagine too much longer. It is in the process of happening. The fascinating thing is that this change is based on quantum science, which is completely counter-intuitive and not fully understood, even by those who are harnessing it.

Today’s computers are binary, meaning that they are based on bits that represent either a 1 or a 0. As fast as they go, this is a basic, physical gating factor that limits how much work they can do in a given amount of time. The next wave of computers uses quantum bits – called qubits – that can simultaneously represent a 1 and a 0. This root of the mysteries that even scientists refer to as “quantum weirdness” allows the computers to do computations in parallel instead of sequentially. Not surprisingly, this greatly expands the ability of this class of computers.



Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:14

BCM & DR: Communication is the Key

Communication; the backbone, or cornerstone if you will, of any successful enterprise.  Without it you can have an organization moving in multiple directions causing confusion and all archways falling down around you when you need to be moving forward as a cohesive unit – especially during times of crisis.  What makes it so key to everything?  Why that particular aspect of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) framework?  It’s because communication is glue that holds more together than a disaster response; though of course, very key to a disaster response. It holds us all together and has done since he first two Homo sapiens caught each other’s eye.

Communication is used on a daily basis; from infancy to adulthood through to our autumn years.  A toddler crying communicates its hunger or discomfort and as we get older we communicate the same thing using words or if we have lost that ability, with beautifully choreographed hand gestures.  And we’re communicating in not just the good times but the bad times as well.  It can comfort us when we are feeling down or enrage us when our dander is up.



Trend Micro’s CSP helps customers architect, manage and migrate to the cloud with ease

DALLAS – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced the addition of Linkbynet as the newest member of its Partner Program for Cloud Service Providers (CSP). Linkbynet is a global managed services provider, with a focus on cloud and security solutions that support enterprise customers and provides cost efficient, tailored, hybrid, secured and performing platforms. On a 24/7 basis, Linkbynet’s certified cloud architects, deploy, migrate, monitor and manage their customer’s applications to enable them to focus on constant improvement and time to market reduction. Linkbynet is the first Canadian CSP member, furthering the program’s global expansion.

“Joining Trend Micro’s Partner Program for Cloud Service Providers allows our customers to securely migrate to the cloud, as well as maintain a secure environment that meets industry regulations”

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Trend Micro was the first security company to integrate with cloud providers and develop a CSP program. The program operates with global and allows members to confidently meet security and compliance needs for customers transitioning to the cloud.

“Companies have a lot to consider during a cloud migration and security must be a priority,” said Steve Neville, director of hybrid cloud security for Trend Micro. “Trend Micro CSP partners ease this aspect of the transition by offering Deep Security protection along with developing, delivering or managing cloud-based workloads and services. Adding Linkbynet furthers the program’s global expansion as the first Canadian partner and demonstrates the value placed on security for their customers entering cloud environments.”

Trend Micro Deep Security™, powered by XGen™, integrates with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Air and IBM SoftLayer, as well as OpenStack and CloudStack. Deep Security provides comprehensive cloud protection from a single agent that scales seamlessly and maintains continuous compliance. Additionally, Deep Security seamlessly integrates into the development process with frictionless set up and procurement tied into one workflow.

“Joining Trend Micro’s Partner Program for Cloud Service Providers allows our customers to securely migrate to the cloud, as well as maintain a secure environment that meets industry regulations,” said Dominique Derrier, chief information security officer (CISO), Linkbynet. “Adding security controls via Deep Security to our cloud services has provided differentiation to competitors as we’re the first in Canada to participate.”

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About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks and endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With more than 5,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced global threat intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure their journey to the cloud. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.


LINKBYNET is a private company with more than 15 years of experience and close to 650 employees who strives to maintain the availability and performance levels of web applications, e-commerce solutions, and legacy systems. Since 2013, Linkbynet has also positioned itself as a Cloud Service Broker to better assist companies in their cloud transformation. In that frame, the company has developed several specific value-added services to meet these new needs. With a turnover of 70 M$ in 2016, the company supports 700+ customers, from large multinationals to SMBs, for whom the availability of their systems and websites is critical. Linkbynet has offices in France, Canada, the USA, Asia and Mauritius. www.linkbynet.com