Majority of Malaysian Enterprises Concerned About Increasing Attack Surface, Trend Micro Says

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 23): A majority of Malaysian organizations are concerned about their growing attack surface.

The attack surface is the number of all possible points, or attack vectors, where an unauthorized user can access a system and extract data.

In its recently released 2022 Global Risks Study, cloud security provider Trend Micro Incorporated said that in Malaysia, the study found that:

  • 40% admitted that the digital attack surface is “spiraling out of control”, with only 51% able to fully define its extent
  • 71% had blind spots that impede security, with cloud environments cited as the most opaque
  • on average, surveyed organizations only have 59% attack surface visibility
  • 75% said that being a global company that spans multiple jurisdictions makes it difficult to manage the attack surface.

The study of more than 6,000 IT and business decision makers in 29 countries found that organizations are struggling to define and secure a growing cyberattack surface, hampering risk management efforts.

Trend Micro’s Managing Director, Malaysia and Emerging Countries, Goh Chee Hoh, said IT modernization over the past two years was a necessary response to the ravages of the pandemic, but in many cases it unwittingly widened the surface. of digital attack, giving threat actors more opportunities to compromise key assets.

“A unified, platform-based approach is the best way to minimize visibility gaps, improve risk assessments, and improve protection in these complex, distributed computing environments,” Goh said.

Meanwhile, Nilesh Jain, Trend Micro’s vice president for Southeast Asia and India, said, “Trend Micro’s platform approach is the product of 30 years of experience and cybersecurity innovation.

“By providing cutting-edge technology to help businesses discover the ever-changing attack surface, assess and prioritize the most pressing risks and vulnerabilities, and then mitigate them, Malaysian business leaders can focus on the progress of their business, without worrying about security.

“That’s what it means to be truly resilient,” Jain said.

Trend Micro has also formalized a partnership with its Vision One SOC-as-service partner LifeTech Group to provide end-to-end dedicated support to businesses in Malaysia.

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