Trend Micro executives Philippine Country Manager Ian Felipe, Chief Information Officer Max Cheng, Threat Research Director Myla Pilao, and Threat Hunting and Training Director Alma Alvarez.
In spite of the continuously growing awareness and increasing sophistication of approaches toward cybercrime, today's organizations are still facing several challenges when it comes to cybersecurity. As a matter of fact, 2018 saw a significant 67% increase in the number of security breaches with more than 10,000 security alerts being reported daily.
Worsening the scenario, the number of professionals specializing in cybersecurity is not enough to address these threat concerns. Globally, this area of expertise is still needing around 2.93 million practitioners; the APAC region alone lacks 2.14 million cybersecurity professionals.
Helping in addressing this shortage of professionals in the field of cybersecurity and bolstering its commitment to investing in Filipino talent, Trend Micro is establishing a new solutions center in the Philippines, namely the Managed Detection and Response (MDR) center.
MDR is a highly in-demand service offering round-the-clock alert monitoring, correlation, investigation, and prioritized threat-hunting activities leading to detailed remediation options and actionable recommendations for fixing and preventing threats. Trend Micro’s MDR service, Trend Micro Managed XDR, employs extensive sets of data from a greater pool of protection points that make it more comprehensive, accurate, faster, and effective in finding obscure threats. With an approach, email, endpoint, server, cloud workloads, and/or network sources can all be correlated, enabling faster detection and better insight into the source and spread of advanced attacks.
A sneak peek inside Trend Micro’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) center in the Philippines.
Due to its complexity, Managed XDR is exclusively carried out by a dedicated team with advanced security expertise and skills in investigating sophisticated threats. Some of Trend Micro PH’s 1,000 local engineers are now assigned to the Managed XDR service, which covers global services across four strategic vectors: endpoint, network, email, and server and cloud workloads.
In addition, Trend Micro is also aiming to further develop more experts. Thus, the cybersecurity vendor also launched its Trend Micro Certified Professional Program. The Certification Program to be offered will focus on Security Operations Center (SOC) Fundamentals, a five-day course that will be offered at the Trend Micro Philippine headquarters in Pasig City. SOC Fundamentals is recommended to Security Analysts, System Administrators, Cyber Threat Investigators, Threat Hunters, and Security Monitoring Specialists of various organizations.
The biggest cybersecurity company in the Philippines with 22 years of experience locally and 32 years globally, Trend Micro’s local workforce has grown from just 14 engineers when it was established in the Philippines in 1998 to over 1,000 to date. That is about 17% of the firm’s current total global workforce of around 6,000 employees. That has also been translating to better figures for Trend Micro PH—for the past five years, revenue growth of the unit has been growing at an average of 32% year-on-year, while industry penetration has expanded into banking, foreign services, governments, telecommunications, broadcasting, and manufacturing.