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Trend Micro looks to ease confusion and power zero trust security strategies

By Catherine Knowles, Thu 17 Jun 2021

Trend Micro has extended its zero trust offering and insights in order to provide comprehensive visibility into identity and devices security health.

According to the company, Trend Micro is offering a broad zero trust solution with the risk insights organisations need to support and secure a post-pandemic workforce.

Trend Micro's Zero Trust strategy crucially leverages Trend Micro Vision One's capabilities, delivering insight with a broad XDR solution to cover telemetry across email, cloud, networks and SaaS applications.

The strategy provides continuous security posture assessment and complete insights to enable teams to make informed decisions.

According to Trend Micro, key highlights for businesses include:

Risk and security health based on a continuous assessment of the user, device, app and content. This supports automated access control, flags incidents for alert investigations and creates dashboards for CISOs and SOC teams to make informed decisions.

A secure connection is established based on the health assessment each time a device or user attempts to access the corporate resource. This includes a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) API integration to SaaS apps, network enforcement points in front of company resources and support for blocking access to specific applications using existing endpoint agents.

Visibility for SOC teams into email usage is particularly key as phishing activity from internal users could indicate that user identities have been compromised a common early sign of an ongoing ransomware attack.

Customers can leverage Trend Micro's risk scores for zero trust to feed third-party SASE and other solutions via APIs driving additional value, the company states.

In addition, senior decision-makers can leverage the insights and dashboard to better understand how their organisation's security posture is trending over time.

According to Forrester, "Zero trust network access (ZTNA) is the signature security technology of the pandemic. While modestly unchaining users from their antiquated VPN technology, it has inspired organisations to reimagine how security (and networking) can be consumed both today and in the future."

With a dispersed workforce using a variety of devices to access corporate resources hosted in a range of locations, from the corporate data centre to cloud or SaaS applications, companies can no longer assume verified or trusted devices and individual identities are secure, Trend Micro states.

Zero trust is the key strategy to enhance the security of critical data and systems, and presents a way forward to secure the always changing hybrid workplace in a more agile, effective manner than legacy security architectures can deliver.

Trend Micro's zero trust offering aims to ease market confusion and provide appropriate context and understanding of risk-based zero trust solutions.

Trend Micro chief operations officer Kevin Simzer says, "For years vendors have been claiming 'zero trust' by slapping the label on any and all types of solutions without understanding how to actually measure trust.

"Trend Micro is uniquely positioned to provide critical insight into identity and device health with its comprehensive XDR and visibility into email risk, which is foundational for building a successful zero trust strategy.”

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