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At the Security TRENDs 2017 summit, Trend Micro reiterated the threat ofransomware and how it is adapting to infect today’s highly-connected digital environment.


“To be one step ahead, organizations need to anticipate the shifts in IT infrastructure, embrace changes in user behavior and adapt protection for new and constantly-emerging threats. Whether organizations are deploying workloads in the physical, virtual, cloud or hybrid environments, investments for security capabilities need to be comprehensive. They should also look at more holistic approaches, rather than rely on narrower security protection methods,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Vice President, APAC & MMEA, Trend Micro Inc.


Ransomware still holds access to your machine’s files hostage until users pay a certain amount to obtain a ‘decrypt key’. However, in 2016, Trend Micro warned that the implementations of delivering the malware have increased over the years.


With the implementation of interconnected devices under the Internet of Things (IoT), the likelihood of infection has increased by way of more access points and ever-increasing data volumes. There are myriad ways of infection, which include drive-by downloads, email spams, and web advertisements.


“The number of new families is forecasted to grow 25 percent in 2017, and organizations need to look at mitigation at every point,” said Law Chee Wan, Head-Solution Architect, Trend Micro Malaysia.


Organizations should protect their data with multiple layers of protection that can adapt to different threats. Trend Micro’s XGen security provides a cross-generational threat defense that continuously optimizes your security system to fight off known and unknown malware threats.


Eugene Kaspersky, the Chief Executive Officer of Russia-based cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, recently announced the global availability of a free lightweight antivirus solution, called Kaspersky Free, on his official blog.



It goes without saying that the features of Kaspersky Free won’t be as comprehensive as Kaspersky’s paid-for solutions, such as Kaspersky Internet Security. But nonetheless, you’ll still be getting the necessary essentials, including file, email, web, and IM antivirus. Kaspersky Free will also receive regular automatic updates, so you can rest assured knowing that its antivirus/malware definitions are always up-to-date.


“This arsenal ensures convenient and safe web surfing (is it still surfing? Sounds a bit 90s to me), working with USB sticks and other portable storage media, and protection against both phishing and infected files being run. In short, the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without,” said Eugene Kaspersky on his blog.


Kaspersky has long had a solid reputation for acing independent antivirus software reviews, so there’s really no reason for you to feel dubious about its capabilities. Those of you who are still counting on Windows Defender – or due diligence/common sense – to keep your system clean, you know what to do.


You can download Kaspersky Free from here.

The U.S. government has its suspicions about Kaspersky having shady affiliations with the Russian government, and threatens to ban the anti-virus software in its draft defense bill. Founder Eugene Kaspersky has rebutted American government claims by saying it has never helped any government in the world for the purpose of cyber espionage.


To further prove his transparency, Kaspersky has went on to say that he is willing to disclose source code and testify in front of U.S. Congress if necessary. Eugene also said that unnamed governments have approached Kaspersky to help them start cyber attacks, but the anti-virus software never gave in.


He also mentioned that his company network is too intricate to be exploited by an employee. It would require a group of people that can access different sections of Kaspersky’s technological processes. Eugene also intends to move a portion of his research work to the U.S. to gain its trust.