Antivirus insufficient to protect enterprises, says Trend Micro

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By Tom Noda

With the fast-evolving threat landscape, traditional antivirus and blacklisting methods are now “inadequate” to protect small to big enterprises.

Trend Micro senior technical manager of security software Jay Yaneza
Trend Micro senior technical manager of security software Jay Yaneza

This is according to Jay Yaneza, senior technical manager of security software firm Trend Micro, who said that many firms continue to use legacy security even as they move from traditional physical environments to a modern setting where virtualization and cloud are the norm.

He said legacy security in virtual environments can increase operational complexity while decreasing host performance and VM (virtual machine) density.

Yaneza said the challenge now to large companies in the Philippines dealing with Big Data — like those in the BPO industry, public sector, and banks — is whether or not they can create a dynamic, intelligence-driven approach to data risk management to prevent and recover from the potential damage that can result from attacks.

“Virtualization and cloud computing have transformed the data center,” Yaneza said. “It is important to have a comprehensive security platform for physical, virtual, and cloud servers.”

Yaneza explained legacy security leaves gaps in protection that can undermine the confidence to move mission-critical workloads to agile, low-cost cloud environments.

A recent global survey conducted by Trend Micro has revealed that unlike in the Philippines, IT decision-makers in the US, Japan, India, Germany, UK, and Canada have increased their deployments desktop and virtualization security.

The survey found that a total of 59 percent of respondents are doing server virtualization, VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) at 52 percent, public cloud at 45 percent, and private cloud at 46 percent.

“More businesses have virtualization in production and they are extending their implementations,” Yaneza said, noting in the next 12 months, the average servers virtualized will jump from 46 percent to 63 percent, while the average desktops virtualized will jump from 44 percent to 63 percent.

“Security should support the mission of the organization, be cost-effective and periodically assessed,” Yaneza said.

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