LAUNCHED: First Global Managed Detection and Response Center

Trend Micro is strengthening its commitment to invest in Filipino talent.

The global cybersecurity company has launched the First Global Managed Detection and Response Center (MDR) in Manila. 

In layman’s terminology, MDR is a highly in-demand service by Trend Micro offering round-the-clock alert monitoring, correlation, investigation, and prioritized threat-hunting activities leading to detailed remediation options and actionable recommendations for fixing and preventing threats.

It employs extensive sets of data from a greater pool of protection points that make it more comprehensive, accurate, faster, and effective in finding obscure threats. With an XDR approach, email, endpoint, server, cloud workloads, and/or network sources can all be correlated, enabling faster detections and better insight into the source and spread of advanced attacks.

“Our MDR service provides organizations broader visibility over threats while alleviating overburdened security teams through better flexibility in deploying their solutions,” said Max Cheng, Chief Information Officer at Trend Micro. “Managed XDR addresses three main factors that serve as challenges to organizations: quickly detecting cyberattacks which account for billions of threats annually; achieving better visibility into the scope and scale of cyberattacks across security layers, and alleviating the pain of the skills gap due to scarcity of security experts.”

Due to the level of complexity, this service is exclusively carried out by a dedicated team with advanced security expertise and skills in investigating sophisticated threats.

Some of Trend Micro PH’s 1,000 local engineers are now assigned to the Managed XDR service, which covers global services across four strategic vectors—endpoint, network, email, and server and cloud workloads. 

Trend Micro’s team has increased from just 14 engineers when it was established in the Philippines in 1998 to over 1,000 to date. That is about 17% t of the firm’s current total global workforce of around 6,000 employees. That has also been translating to better figures for Trend Micro PH—for the past 5 years, revenue growth of the unit has been growing at an average of 32 percent year-on-year, while industry penetration has expanded into banking, foreign services, governments, telecommunications, broadcasting, and manufacturing.

Trend Micro Certified Professional Programs

Aside from deploying and trusting the world-class Filipino talent in the area of cybersecurity, Trend Micro is also investing in experts to help counter a possible talent/skills shortage for such expertise.

Thus, the cybersecurity vendor is also formally launching today its Trend Micro Certified Professional Programs.

“Trend Micro will equip IT professionals from across the country with real-world experience in detecting and managing threats. The goal is to empower more Filipino professionals with the knowledge and skills to face evolving cybersecurity issues and develop into global cyber guardians” Cheng explained. 

The Certification Program to be offered will focus on Security Operations Center (SOC) Fundamentals, a 5-day course that will be offered at the Trend Micro Philippine headquarters in Pasig City. SOC Fundamentals is recommended to Security Analysts, System Administrators, Cyber Threat Investigators, Threat Hunters, and Security Monitoring Specialists of various organizations. 

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