M'sian organisations worried about growing attacks: Trend Micro

  • 40% admitted the attack surface is 'spiraling out of control'
  • Organisations surveyed only have 59% visibility of attack surface

Partnership between Trend Micro Malaysia & LifeTech GroupTrend Micro Incorporated announced the findings of its latest Global Risk Study 2022, which revealed that 82% of organisations in Malaysia are concerned about their growing attack surface. 

In a statement, the study’s findings from over 6,000 IT and business decision makers across 29 countries, organisations struggle to define and secure an expanding cyber-attack surface, hampering risk management efforts.

Speficically in Malaysia, the study revealed that:

  • Four in 10 40%) admitted the digital attack surface is “spiraling out of control”, with only 51% able to fully define its extent;
  • Seven in 10 (71%) had blind spots that hamper security, with cloud environments cited as the most opaque;
  • On average, organisations surveyed have just 59% visibility of attack surface; and
  • Some 75% claimed that being an international enterprise that spans multiple jurisdictions makes managing the attack surface harder

According to Goh Chee Hoh, managing director, Malaysia and nascent countries at Trend Micro, IT modernisation over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases, it unwittingly expanded the digital attack surface, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets.

“A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimise visibility gaps, enhance risk assessments, and improve protection across these complex, distributed IT environments,” he said.

To help manage the overall cyber risk across local enterprises, Trend Micro announced the launch of Trend Micro One, a new unified cybersecurity and attack surface management platform. 

The company said this launch is a major step towards consolidating a multitude of security products and features in a single platform, enabling customers to better understand, communicate, and mitigate cyber risks.

Nilesh Jain, vice president, Southeast Asia and India, at Trend Micro, said, “We have always been committed to delivering innovative solutions that augment security teams, and that is exactly what we seek to achieve with Trend Micro One – a platform developed by cybersecurity professionals for cybersecurity professionals, so organisations can be their most resilient.”

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