2015 has been a busy year for the security industry. We've seen everything from malicious targeted attacks hitting critical infrastructure, the theft of highly sensitive personal information and zero-day vulnerabilities galore, as the explosion in business and consumer data presents an increasingly tempting target for those with evil intent.
Security company Trend Micro is on the frontline trying to combat these threats and as such has been shortlisted for Best Cloud Security Product and Best Enterprise Security Product in the V3 Technology Awards 2015.
V3 spoke to Trend Micro's Bharat Mistry, cyber security consultant, to learn the secret of the firm's success and get an insight into its plans for the year ahead.
How do you feel being shortlisted for this year's V3 Awards?
Mistry: Trend Micro is absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the V3 Awards. The nomination is a reflection of Trend Micro's commitment to providing innovative enterprise-class solutions that solve real-world business challenges in the digital era.
What were the biggest threats in 2015?
Some of the biggest threats for us were the discovery and use of zero-day vulnerabilities in Flash, Internet Explorer, and Windows platforms; a spying tool for Android and iOS devices; and an Android app that can bypass Google Play security.
The latter was discovered after analysing the recent Hacking Team dump. We found among the leaked files the code for the Hacking Team's open-source malware suite, Remote Control System Android (RCSAndroid), which was sold by the company as a tool for monitoring targets.
The RCSAndroid code can be considered one of the most professionally developed and sophisticated Android malware ever exposed. The leak of its code provides cybercriminals with a new weaponised resource for enhancing their surveillance operations.
We also found that one of these discovered flaws was added to the Angler Exploit Kit and used in attacks in Korea and Japan, and in attacks against Taiwan and Hong Kong websites.
What will next year bring in terms of new security trends?
There will be a continued growth in online extortion, hacktivism and mobile malware. However, there will also be more arrests, takedowns, convictions and legislation.
What will Trend Micro focus on for 2016?
The focus for Trend Micro in 2016 will be three-fold. First, we will continue to develop our "Connected Threat Defense" strategy, which aims to accelerate detection, analysis and response to attacks and breaches.
Our second focus will be on the relentless research Trend is doing in terms of finding new zero-days vulnerabilities, monitoring the activities of the cyber-underground.
The third and final focus will be working with government agencies to combat cyber-crime.
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