Trend Micro invests in regional cyber security; reveals new Singapore HQ

Trend Micro invests in regional cyber security; reveals new Singapore HQ

Singapore selected for business and cyber security hub status

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Trend Micro has moved into a new 12,000-square-foot office space in Singapore’s Suntec Tower Four, representing the vendor's main hub in the region.

The new office has officially been designated the headquarters for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA), due to Singapore's strong cyber security credentials and regional influence.

“Singapore is the perfect location for us to set up the regional headquarters,” said Dhanya Thakkar, vice president of AMEA. “The country is the cyber security hub in ASEAN; has demonstrated a strong vision for cyber security for the next ten years; and has a diverse talent pool.

"“With Singapore serving as the command post, we hope to foster closer collaboration between different teams in AMEA, serve our regional customers better, and tap into unexplored growth opportunities the region has to offer."

Furthermore, in line with the move, the vendor also plans on setting up a software-as-a-service (SaaS) endpoint security data centre in Singapore, strengthening data sovereignty for local customers.

A number of new business initiatives have also been developed for AMEA and Singapore, including a new managed detection and response (MDR) security operations centre (SOC) that will be based out of the Singapore office.

This new SOC will be part of the organisation’s follow-the-sun MDR SOC operations, which span four strategic locations across North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

The Singapore-based SOC together with the global MDR team will focus on helping customers monitor threat activity on a 24/7 basis across their endpoints and network; sweep for indicators of compromise; and investigate the root cause of cyberattacks to determine what exactly happened.

Singapore credentials

Singapore was chosen for this because firstly of the increasing regional threat landscape and the increasing local organisations are under to amp up their threat hunting and investigation capabilities.

This is in addition to the diverse talent pool the city-state is known for, which the vendor believes is ripe for developing the next generation of MDR specialists.

Trend Micro is also planning on opening an executive briefing centre (EBC) designed to host customised, strategic cyber security briefing sessions for select customers and government officials from the entire AMEA region.

Furnished with technology from Trend Micro and its partners, the centre will aim to deliver "tailor-made experiential" briefings on the latest threat research, changing IT landscape, various reference architectures, customer case studies, etc.

“We are excited to bring new business initiatives to our customers this year,” added Nilesh Jain, vice president, Southeast Asia and India, Trend Micro. “Both the MDR SOC and the EBC present new ways to deepen engagement with our prospective and existing customers.

"“In the meantime, we also feel the social responsibility of incubating the next wave of cyber security professionals for Singapore and for the region."

In addition, the vendor plans on bringing its Certification Program in IT Security (CPITS) to Southeast Asia and Singapore.

The certificate-granting program will take place over two months with the intention to arm the students with hands-on training, technical knowledge, and the nuts and bolts of running a cyber security business, helping them launch a career in cyber security.

Students from Southeast Asia including Singapore who graduate from computer science-related majors are eligible to apply to the program. The registration process will commence in the second half of the year.

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