Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today revealed that it is supplying managed detection and response (MDR) capabilities to Kingston University free of charge to mitigate the threat of serious cyber disruption during their busiest time of year for student recruitment.
“University clearing is like the run up to Christmas for retailers. And in the same way, threat actors are ready to cash-in with info-stealing ransomware attacks,” said Trend Micro’s Technical Director Bharat Mistry. “That’s why we’re offering our MDR expertise to long-time customer Kingston University—to contain any breaches before they can spread.”
Each year from July-October, many of the UK’s higher education institutions compete to fill any places they might still have on over 30,000 courses.
The education sector was one of the top four sectors affected by malicious files last year, according to Trend Micro data. In the past, universities have found critical systems supporting Clearing operations taken offline by carefully timed attacks.
Trend Service One’s MDR functionality will slot into Kingston University’s existing Trend cyber protection portfolio, which includes Trend Vision One, Trend Apex One, Cloud App Security and Trend Cloud One. It will offer rapid detection and response including:
- 24/7 analysis, monitoring and correlation of threats across email, endpoint, cloud server and Azure AD
- 24/7 support via email, phone, and case portal
- Trend Micro threat analysts that work behind the scenes to detect, investigate, and perform threat hunting
- Rapid, round-the-clock service response and recovery, guided by Trend experts
“During the intense Clearing Period, the last thing we need is any disruption caused by threat actors”, said Daniel Bolton, Head of Technical Services, Kingston University.
“Trend’s partnership is invaluable to the University, as their Managed Detection and Response services bolster our defences against potential attacks. With their expertise supporting our in-house cyber security team, we’re confident in our ability to maintain a secure environment at such a critical time.”