Trend Micro adds new features to cloud security platform

The two new features simplify deployment and management of the cloud intrusion prevention system infrastructure, as well as their container-based security.

Antoine Saikaley, Technical Director for Trend Micro in Canada

Cybersecurity vendor Trend Micro has beefed up its Cloud One cloud security platform. The company has simplified the deployment and management of their cloud intrusion prevention system infrastructure to reduce friction. They have also extended their security, to scan container images faster with no impact to speed.

“These new deployment models reflect how, holistically, we have grown into our Cloud One platform,” said Antoine Saikaley, Technical Director for Trend Micro in Canada. “We have added more ecosystem integrations and added new features, so we can now extend better to remote users.”

Saikaley compared the Cloud One platform to a Swiss army knife of security.

“Cloud One is that versatile,” he said. “If they need to check for misconfigurations, we have a posture management service for that. If they need protection against ransomware, our Vision One provides multi-level protection. If they need protection for cloud native file and object storage services, we have file storage security for that.”

Saikaley stressed that while the overall market for security software continues to expand, Trend, which can accurately claim to have been first in the cloud endpoint security market [in 2010], continues to enjoy advantages over its competition.

“I compare it to buying a car when you go car shopping,” he said. “At a high level they all have the same features, but we enjoy certain advantages that go beyond that. Our lead in vulnerability research is second to none. In 2020-2021, our zero day initiative was responsible for 64% of all vulnerabilities found in the industry. That’s important to Cloud One customers because it means we have stronger protection against vulnerabilities, both zero day and end day. Once a vulnerability is exploited, you are owned.” Saikaley also pointed out that IDC data has Trend as 17.7% of the cloud workload security market share, nearly three times the size of the next largest competitor.

One of the new enhancements to Cloud One that Trend is touting is the simplified deployment and management of the cloud intrusion prevention system infrastructure, to remove burdens and reduce friction for running cloud-based network security.

“It fully conforms to cloud native applications,” Saikaley said. If you have, say, EC2, we have had host-based support for that. But containers are done in C1/CD. Our application security can also check for vulnerabilities using security cloud without operational overhead. This simplicity is based on the code being baked in, and it means that security teams can concentrate on their apps and not on running infrastructure.”

The other major enhancement is an improvement to Trend’s existing container security solution. The enhancements make container security free from infrastructure deployment, and this simplified deployment lets users scan container images faster with no impact to speed.

“This is a continuation of our existing container service,” Saikaley said. “There are three stages that it covers” the CI/CD layer – where developers can check for vulnerabilities; deployment time where a security team can create a policy; and run-time.”

Saikaley also emphasized that this is all fully hosted in Canada for Canadian customers.

“It’s important from a Canadian perspective to note that it available and hosted in Canada,” he said. “A lot of our competitors still don’t have it hosted in Canada.”