CLOUDSEC holds internet security conference in Manila
CLOUDSEC, a global community for cyber-security experts and professionals, held its global internet security conference in Manila for the first time on Tuesday. Its main theme was to empower users against cyber-threats through cybersecurity awareness.
The conference moves through various countries and will be stopping by China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, UK and Korea later this year. Having been held in the Philippines for the first time this year called to light the country’s vulnerability to digital attacks.
International and local cybersecurity experts converged in Manila to hold talks on topics such as leveraging host-based security, state of web defacements, hacktivism and the art of (cyber)war.
The various talks were spearheaded by representatives of companies like Schneider Electric, Qualys, Amazon Web Services, VMWare, NUTANIX, SANS and, of course, Trend Micro. This is possible because despite being sponsored by Trend Micro, the company wants the event to be as brand-neutral as possible to allow for greater dissemination of information and education about cybersecurity as well as the threats that they constantly battle.
In a press briefing, Trend Micro Global CTO Raimund Genes reiterated that cybersecurity is all about the people and how they utilize the tools as well as solutions being provided to them. He is advocating the placement of government policies to urge companies to be more proactive in laying down security layers to protect sensitive information from cyber-attacks.
Genes also noted that the Manila leg of the conference showed the “hunger” for knowledge that the participants had with regards to cybersecurity.
He said, “You need to have the right people on your team. The strategy needs people and teams. All the best strategies and technologies are moot without people.”
According to Trend Micro data, cyber-attacks could severely impact systems and users in as little as five minutes. Five minutes is also enough to unleash up to 1,800 new threats and expose systems to over 800,000 malicious URLs, malware and spam email.
Prevention is the best defense against cyber-attacks and having people educated about cybersecurity is the way to make this happen. Alfred Bayle
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