Trend Micro Southern Africa has announced the local launch of its Trend Micro Cloud App Security point of presence service, designed to provide customers added security and protection of their Microsoft Office 365 environments.
The service protects Office 365 environments, including advanced email protection, and enforces compliance on third-party cloud file sharing services that include Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.
The success of Cloud App Security is underpinned by its direct integration with Office 365 and other services via APIs. The local release of the service is coupled with the announcement of a Cloud App Security point of presence in the region, providing direct and local integration to customer’s cloud services. This will, in turn, will provide customers with data residency and reduced latency, as the service will be hosted in South Africa.
“It is of critical importance that customers understand that cloud security is a shared responsibility between their cloud service providers and themselves,” says Indi Siriniwasa, vice president at Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa. “They can’t simply put their data in the cloud and walk away from the security responsibility, they have to take measures to also secure their investments, which is where Cloud App Security comes into play. Our announcement that we will be hosting a local point of presence for the service is testimony to our commitment to local customers and answers a growing need by clients to better secure their cloud investments.”
The Sub-Saharan Africa Cloud App Security service will be available through Trend Micro’s partner network in the region, as well as on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The service will initially service customers in South Africa and SADC, while WECA (West, East and Central Africa) customers will have the option of continuing to use the service through the data centres hosted in both Amsterdam and Ireland – dependant on where they experience the best latency.
According to Trend Micro, the Cloud App Security service will help customers address the following concerns:
- Provides added security to the Microsoft stack and complements and adds to both Azure and Office 365 security controls
- Is able to assist a customer with identifying Business Email Compromise (whaling) attacks using artificial intelligence built into the Trend Micro threat intelligence network
- Protects a customer’s internal email and allows on-demand scanning of the mail storage
- Provides visibility into sensitive data use with cloud file-sharing services, ensuring a customer can better monitor and manage risk and compliance. Furthermore, with the presence of an integrated DLP solution customers can better comply with GDPR and POPI
- Ensures all user functionality is preserved on any device, with simple API integration, and that ultimately granular security policies follow the user and their devices
- Helps customers detect and stop known and unknown threats, protect applications, stop suspicious and unauthorised changes and harden the Azure environment.
“Back in 2017, we conducted a Cloud App Security study where we tracked the security risks in the cloud,” says Siriniwasa. “This was a major concern for customers, but working with Microsoft we have been able to extend our offerings and develop a security service that deploys a multi-layered approach to securing the cloud. In short, it gives our customers the assurance that their cloud investments are better secured and protected, from both known and unknown threats, hardening security around your Microsoft environment – and now our local customers can leverage these benefits more effectively.”