Dec 14, 2020

Trend Micro: 88% of firms accelerate digital transformation

TrendMicro
Scott Birch
2 min
Cloud security firm Trend Micro Incorporated survey shows that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 88% of global organizations.
Cloud security firm Trend Micro Incorporated survey shows that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 88% of global organizations...

Cloud security firm Trend Micro Incorporated has released survey results showing that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for 88% of global organizations.

However, the same survey suggests this move to the cloud may leave some data insecure.

Sapio Research interviewed 2,565 decision-makers in 28 countries, across several industry sectors, with a focus on large enterprise.

"It's a very positive sign that a majority of organizations around the world are embracing digital transformation and adopting the cloud," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research for Trend Micro.

"But the survey findings also highlight the challenges remaining with understanding security in the cloud. Cloud adoption is not a 'set it and forget it' process, but takes ongoing management and strategic configuration to make the best security decisions for your business."

The survey confirms that while cloud infrastructure is secure, customers are responsible for securing their own data.

Nearly all (92%) of respondents say they are confident they understand their cloud security responsibility, but 97% also stated their cloud service provider (CSP) offers sufficient data protection. Only 55% use third-party tools to secure their cloud environments.

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Understanding security challenges in the cloud

The survey also revealed:

  • 51% claim the acceleration in cloud migration has increased their focus on security best practices
  • 87% believe they are fully or mostly in control of securing their remote work environment
  • 83% believe they will be fully or mostly in control of securing their future hybrid workplace
  • 45% said security is a "very significant" or "significant" barrier to cloud adoption
  • Data privacy (43%), staff training (37%) and compliance (36%) were reported as significant barriers in migrating to cloud-based security tools

"The good news is that by using smart, automated security tools, organizations can migrate to the cloud headache-free, ensuring the privacy and safety of their data and overcoming skills shortages as they do," Nunnikhoven added.

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Jun 16, 2021

US and Europe Launch Technology and Trade Council

US
EU
China
Technology
3 min
Western nations want to write new tech rules for the 21st century, in an effort to counter China’s growing influence

On June 15th in Brussels, the European Union and the United States took steps to strengthen transatlantic trade collaboration, creating a joint Technology and Trade Council. At least, that’s what the official memo says. According to the reports, US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen set forth three main goals: first, to create trade standards for new technology; second, to further research ties between the US and the EU; and third, to promote democratic online values. In other words, they want to counterbalance China. 

 

In fact, this council is really about humans, not tech. As Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice President and Competition Commissioner said: ‘We have common democratic values and we want to translate them into tangible action on both sides of the Atlantic...to work for a human-centred digitalisation and open and competitive markets’. 

 

Why Is It Being Created? 

Over the past decade, China has made huge investments in its tech centres. The state controls the internet; the government has cracked down on companies keeping user data private; the nation as a whole is far ahead of the US and the EU in terms of AI and natural language processing (NLP). In 2021 alone, foreign companies such as Tesla have agreed to keep data on Chinese soil—and the West is worried about what will come next. 

 

What Are the Council’s Priorities?

According to a recent EU press release, the Technology and Trade Council intends to pursue the following goals: 

 

  • Expand bilateral trade
  • Collaborate on technology, digitalisation, and supply chain policies
  • Support joint research
  • Develop international standards for emerging technologies 
  • Promote innovation and leadership by EU and US firms

 

It bears repeating that several of these ‘new technologies’ are AI, quantum computing, and biotech—all areas in which China has experienced notable success. One of the working groups in the new council is titled ‘The misuse of technology threatening security and human rights’. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out: Europe and the US don’t want to fall behind a Communist country in technology. 

 

What Does China Think? 

In an interesting development, an article by the South China Morning Post insinuated that Europe and the US aren’t on the same page. ‘The United States is engaged in ideological line drawing and a small circle against China, but the interests of the United States and the European Union are different’, said foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. ‘The European Union is independent, and relevant European countries will not tie themselves to the American anti-China chariot’. 

 

In the end, the new Technology and Trade Council not only highlights transatlantic cooperation but also how technology tends to advance our belief systems. As the internet becomes the world’s primary mode of storing and communicating information—from history to history in the making—countries will fight to promote their paradigms, their moral values, and their political mores. Just listen to national security advisor Jake Sullivan. ‘Democracies and not anyone else, not China or other autocracies, are writing the rules for trade and technology for the 21st century’.

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