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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 11:06

Trend Micro blocked more than 94B threats in 2021

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Trend Micro ANZ technical director Mick McCluney Trend Micro ANZ technical director Mick McCluney

Trend Micro says its Smart Protection Network blocked 94.2 billion cyber-threats before they affected the company's consumer, government and business customers during 2021.

That's a 42% increase on the number of detections recorded in 2020, and more than 53 billion (56%) of them occurred in the second half of 2021.

However, Trend Micro blocked 66% fewer ransomware attacks in 2021, consistent with the theory that such attacks are more targeted than they used to be.

It also helps that more ransomware attacks are being blocked earlier. Trend says it stopped more than 14 million attacks before they could impact customers.

"Trend Micro detects threats across endpoints, mobile, servers, IoT/IIoT, home networks, messaging, network, web and cloud environments", said Trend Micro ANZ technical director Mick McCluney.

"That's a testament to our continuous effort to expand attack surface protections and improve our advanced detection technologies deployed to 500,000 commercial and government accounts and millions of consumer customers. But it also underscores the mounting threat from bad actors, as outlined in our 2022 predictions report".

Trend predicts another onslaught of threats in 2022, nominating global supply chains, cloud environments and DevOps functions as likely targets. To counter that, the company recommends enhanced risk-based patching, XDR, server hardening, zero trust, network monitoring, and DevSecOps practices during 2022.

Trend's 2022 predictions report is available here.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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