Trend Micro top again for breach detection, says NSS Labs

Custom sandboxing cited as key driver behind Trend Micro’s anti-evasion detection capabilities.

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Trend Micro top again for breach detection, says NSS Labs Data breaches continue to inflict severe damage on organisations and their customers.
By  David Ndichu Published  October 29, 2017

Trend Micro Deep Discovery has been Recommended for the fourth year in a row by NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems report, scoring a perfect 100% detection rate.

In spite of a rapidly evolving landscape, data breaches remain among the most common and damaging cyber-threats facing organizations today. As digital transformation efforts take hold, so the corporate attacks surface grows, offering more opportunities for the bad guys to take aim at highly prized IP and customer data. They also have the element of surprise, putting IT teams in a reactive or defensive posture.

The fallout from the Equifax incident, which has exposed highly sensitive data on 145.5 million Americans, highlights the damage that data breaches can inflict on organisations and their customers. Already the firm is losing contracts following the breach. Industry fines, legal costs, share price losses, possible customer attrition and brand damage are also common following such incidents – raising the stakes for cybersecurity.

Many modern attacks are covert, often combining spearphishing techniques and malware designed to fly under the radar of traditional defences. There are plenty of weaknesses for attackers to exploit. In the first six months of 2017 alone, 382 new vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed via Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative. Given the challenges in defending against such attacks, it’s perhaps no surprise that over the past 12 years, the Identity Theft Resource Centre has recorded thousands of breaches exposing over a billion records in the US.

That’s where Trend Micro Deep Discovery can help in. Powered by XGen security, it’s designed to help organisations detect, analyse, and respond to advanced malware including ransomware and targeted attacks. Deep Discovery features a range of layered cross-generational threat protection techniques including custom sandboxing, endpoint activity tracking, anti-spearphishing email analysis, and comprehensive network scanning. XGen delivers the multi-layered approach that applies the right technology at the right time, resulting in the highest detection rate possible.

NSS Labs proves the effectiveness of this layered approach with the 2017 Breach Prevention Systems report. In the category of evasions – a key way to compare solutions on the market – Trend Micro scored a perfect 100%, whereas five of the seven companies appraised struggled. Custom sandboxing was the standout in the evaluation.  Custom sandboxing is the key driver behind Trend Micro’s anti-evasion detection.  Because the custom sandbox can mimic the exact corporate desktop, the threat has no idea it is in a sandbox, tricking the threat into executing in the sandbox environment allowing Deep Discovery to fully analyse the threat.  

Trend Micro’s Connected Threat Defence approach linking up protection at the endpoint, datacentre and network layers minimises security gaps and ensures there’s nowhere for the bad guys to hide. That represents peace of mind in an increasingly hostile online world where the cards can often seem stacked against the IT security team. With TCO dropping significantly from $240 per protected Mbps to under $40 in 2017, there are now a whole host of reasons why organisations should take a fresh look at Deep Discovery.

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