What Is Hybrid Cloud Computing?

What Is Hybrid Cloud Computing?
What Is Hybrid Cloud Computing?

What is hybrid cloud computing?

  1. A combination of public and private cloud
  2. Has multiple benefits for an organization
  3. Offers enhanced security for companies
  4. The go-to solution for many businesses

A public cloud provides plenty of benefits for organizations, but some companies still have apprehensions when moving all their workloads to this platform. The good news is, hybrid cloud computing provides you an option where you can choose to put your company’s workload either in the public cloud or your local data center. What is hybrid cloud computing? Keep on reading to learn more!

A Combination Of Public And Private Cloud

A Combination Of Public And Private Cloud

With cloud computing, you can access computing services such as storage, servers, databases, networking, and more, over the internet. These are typically implemented through the public or private cloud.

A public cloud is managed and offered by a cloud provider to multiple customers. This gives organizations the benefit of less server management and cost savings because a third-party provider manages the service itself. On the other hand, a private cloud is hosted in a company’s own data center, allowing companies to use and manage it themselves.

Hybrid cloud computing allows organizations to integrate their local data center with the public cloud. This acts as extensions of their own data centers, giving businesses flexibility and the ability to have greater control over their data.

A hybrid cloud is often confused with a multi-cloud strategy, where you have workloads on multiple public clouds such as Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform. In a hybrid cloud solution, both private and public clouds can be managed in a single platform.

Has Multiple Benefits For An Organization

Has Multiple Benefits For An Organization

With a hybrid cloud solution, you are given the flexibility to choose the applications and data you want to keep in your private and public clouds depending on your needs. For example, an organization can keep sensitive information on their private cloud while taking advantage of the large storage and computing capacity offered by a public cloud.

A hybrid cloud solution also provides rapid scalability to its users. When computing needs extend beyond the capabilities of your on-premises data center, you can use the public cloud for computing, storage, and other resources to scale up your capacity. This will help you save time and money on the purchase and maintenance of new servers.

Aside from these benefits, hybrid cloud computing also gives companies increased support for remote employees. It provides on-demand access to data wherever they are without having to be in one central location.

Offers Enhanced Security For Companies

Offers Enhanced Security For Companies

Apart from the flexibility, scalability, and reduced costs, hybrid cloud computing also provides enhanced security for your data and applications.

Finance, banking, government, healthcare, and other organizations that are consistently scaling their processes might need a hybrid cloud computing solution. This is because the solution provides them greater control and better monitoring of data while complying with privacy protection regulations. Sensitive information can be kept in a hybrid cloud setup without compromising data safety and security.

Hybrid cloud setups make this possible because they provide more advanced and enhanced security compared to what businesses typically implement on their own. Even then, businesses must learn to properly configure the platform to prevent attacks. This is because attacks on hosted servers may be caused by platform misconfigurations such as using weak passwords or failing to secure the cloud container.

Fortunately, there are also features offered in hybrid cloud security solutions that allow you to keep your data and applications secure. For example, the Trend Micro Cloud One offers faster detection and protection from malware, vulnerabilities, and unauthorized change in your hybrid cloud setup. Some of its features include machine learning and virtual patching to protect from multiple cybersecurity threats. It provides continuous monitoring of misconfigurations and sends these alerts to the user for added protection.

The Go-To Solution For Many Businesses

The Go-To Solution For Many Businesses

Who uses hybrid cloud computing strategies? Aside from industries that need to fulfill regulatory compliance, more and more companies adopt this solution to become more flexible and agile. With the rapid scalability and other benefits that it offers, organizations can select and combine cloud setups according to their needs. Compared with a strictly public or private setup, a hybrid cloud provides the most flexibility.

Hybrid cloud computing is suitable for companies that need to handle large amounts of data and use various IT services. It is also recommended for organizations that have highly changeable workloads because of a significant increase in demand during peak seasons.

With the ability to respond quickly to changing needs and demands, organizations that utilize hybrid cloud computing have the competitive edge. Workloads can be expanded conveniently into the cloud so that testing and launching new products is quicker.

If you want a flexible, scalable, reliable, and cost-effective cloud computing solution, hybrid cloud computing is the best option for you.

Key Takeaway

Hybrid cloud computing combines the private and public cloud to give organizations flexibility, scalability, and reduce costs depending on their current and changing needs. With its numerous benefits, countless companies are migrating to this setup to keep up with dynamic workload demands.

Now that you know what hybrid cloud computing is, you can experience its benefits in your organization. If you’re interested in implementing this setup, you can contact CT Link! As a hybrid cloud solutions provider in the Philippines, we can help you choose the right product for your needs. Send a message here so we can help you today.

Improve Visibility and Detection Beyond Endpoints with Trend Micro XDR

Improve Visibility and Detection Beyond Endpoints with Trend Micro XDR

The threat landscape is always evolving, making it hard for traditional security measures to adapt to it. This has become even more prominent ever since the pandemic; threat actors have been taking advantage of the increased attack surfaces that remote work has provided. However, if you are only securing the endpoint side, you only see a part of the malicious activity and would not be able to properly find the source and cause of it.

Another thing that must be put into consideration is that not all companies have a dedicated security team to make sense of all the alerts that an organizations security solution may notify them of. If you have no one to analyze the alert or if your team can’t respond fast enough due to the number of alerts, you leave your network vulnerable to threat actors.

This is where a security solution like Trend Micro’s XDR can help.

Better visibility of threats to your network

Trend Micro XDR has a reference of indicators of compromise (IoC) that is capable of scanning not just endpoints, but also across emails and network servers, giving your IT team more security visibility of your infrastructure.

Investigating across your organization

Trend Micro XDR allows your IT team to find threats that may have bypassed your security before and also allows you to investigate threats that have already been blocked to find their origin.

Extending your security team

With Trend Micro Managed XDR, you are able to outsource experts from Trend Micro to help interpret the security reports and alerts to quickly remediate threats to your network. This is helpful in both situations in which you have a dedicated security team, as it helps free their time to do other tasks, and those who cannot afford to have a dedicated team.

Machine learning and signatures

Machine learning is used to ensure that files you download are safe through sandboxing to ensure no malicious actions are done once it is running. Signatures on the other hand help quickly distinguish known malicious files and immediately blocks them once detected.

Virtual patching

Once an exploit is found, you need to apply the necessary vendor patch to ensure your business-critical server is safe. However, as we know this is usually easier said than done as patching requires your operations to stop. With Trend Micro, you are able to virtually patch your machine to protect you from the exploit while you slowly patch your business-critical servers.

These are just some features of the XDR suite that Trend Micro Offers, if you are interested in learning more on Trend Micro XDR or other security solutions, you may fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as we can!

Security Advisory: Zerologon, a level 10 Critical Vulnerability

Security Advisory: Zerologon, a level 10 Critical Vulnerability

It was recently discovered that a new Critical vulnerability, named Zerologon, has been found for windows which is so severe that the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) has given it a score of 10 out of 10 and Microsoft itself has rated it as a severe vulnerability.

What is Zerologon?

The vulnerability was found in Netlogon which is the protocol used by Windows systems to authenticate against a Windows Server running as a domain controller. The vulnerability in Netlogon allows for attackers to:

  • Impersonate the identity of any of computer on your network during an authentication attempt on a domain controller
  • Disable security features in the Netlogon authentication process
  • Change a computer’s password on the domain controller’s Active Directory

The only limitation for the vulnerability is that the attack can only be done if the threat actors already have gotten into your network.

What can I do?

Firstly, it is highly recommended that you update your Microsoft security to avoid this vulnerability. This is the most important step into making sure that your network is not affected by this critical vulnerability. You can find the Microsoft security advisory CVE-2020-1472 here.

If patching cannot be done immediately, one way to help mitigate an attack is to prevent attackers from getting into the network. As stated above, the limitation of this attack is centered on them getting inside the network, however, once they do, it means that they will be able to take control of your whole network.

Trend Micro Solution

For our Trend Micro customers, Deep Security or Apex One can be used to do virtual patching to help mitigate the attacks to help ensure that your network is safe. Below are the IPS rules that may help you strengthen your defense if patching cannot be done immediately:

IPS Rules

Deep Security and Cloud One – Workload Security, Vulnerability Protection and Apex One Vulnerability Protection (iVP)

  • Rule 1010519 – Microsoft Windows Netlogon Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2020-1472)
  • Rule 1010521 – Microsoft Windows Netlogon Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Over SMB (CVE-2020-1472)

Please note that both rules are already set to Prevent.


Other Inspection / Detection Rules

Deep Discovery Inspector

  • Rule 4453: CVE-2020-1472_DCE_RPC_ZEROLOGON_EXPLOIT_REQUEST
  • Rule 4455: CVE-2020-1472_SMB2_ZEROLOGON_EXPLOIT_REQUEST

For those interested in learning more about the attacks, Trend Micro is also hosting a webinar this coming September 29, 2020 to talk more in detail about the vulnerability. You can register for the free webinar here.

If you have any questions with regards to either Zerologon or the Trend Micro solution to help prevent the attacks, please just contact us via email (rcruz@ctlink.com.ph) or through our landline 88939515 and we would be happy to answer your inquiries!


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ECQ Success Stories: CT Link Managed Services Remotely Secures Client’s WFH setup

ECQ Success Stories: CT Link Managed Services Remotely Secures Client’s WFH setup

With the suddenness of the declaration of the ECQ, most companies were unable to give their workforce the tools that they may have needed to work effectively at home. This left many employees to find their own ways to complete the tasks that they do on a daily basis at home. Many of which ended up using their own devices and installing the apps from work or apps and connecting to thru the company VPN.

Client Challenges: Unsecured Personal Devices connecting to Corporate VPN

One of our customers from the Public Sector encountered this dilemma during the start of the ECQ. They have about 500 employees who need to Work From Home (WFH). They were unable to give all employees resources in which to accomplish their tasks so opted to allow employees to use their personal devices. However, the Infosec Team is concerned that malwares from the personal devices could enter thru the VPN connections.

Solution: CT Link Managed Endpoint Security

As a CT Link managed service customer, we deployed Trend Micro’s Worry-Free Business Security Services (WFBSS), which is a cloud-based Endpoint Security Solution. We provided the link for installing of Trend Micro Agents to end users and assisted them in deploying this on their endpoint devices.

As a cloud-based solution, we were able to be with them every step of the way during this process and helped with problems that occurred during installation of some devices while also monitoring the threats found by WFBSS. This has proved as an effective measure for them as presently WFBSS has detected over 3,000 suspicious and malicious activities from the endpoints.

Security as a Service

Having Managed Services for security helped our client worry less about the security from personal devices connecting into their network and freed up their time to concentrate on other important tasks at hand during the ECQ. This meant that we handled the troubleshooting of the installations of the endpoint devices and monitoring of malicious activities reported by WFBSS. This service is also not reserved for only enterprise accounts as our services are actually very beneficial as well to small and medium businesses that do not have their own dedicated IT team.  Below are a few key features in which you can expect to get when subscribed to our managed services:

  • Keep outside threats like malware from getting in and sensitive data from going out
  • Filtering potentially dangerous or inappropriate websites
  • Preventing phishing and social engineered attacks from getting to your users
  • As a cloud-based solution, support is done remotely
  • Supports WFH setups to ensure your network is safe
  • Ease of deployment with little to no IT skills required
  • Centralized monitoring through one dashboard accessible through the cloud

If you are interested in learning more about our CT Link managed services or WFBSS, contact your CT Link AM or reply to this email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!


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Cloud One: A Trend Micro Solution for Cloud Builders

Cloud One: A Trend Micro Solution for Cloud Builders

With cloud technology advancements, more businesses are now connecting to the cloud to solve their IT needs.  This is why the cloud infrastructure services market is now filled with different vendors, this has also caused many stakeholders to become involved in these infrastructure decisions.  This has made cloud security even tougher.  To be able to maximize the benefits of the cloud, you need to be able to balance both your business objectives and cloud security to ensure the least amount of complexity.

Cloud One, a security services platform for cloud builders, delivers the broadest and deepest cloud security offering in one solution, enabling you to secure your cloud infrastructure with clarity and simplicity.

Cloud One will be able to help provide you by providing a powerful security which leaves you leverage to take the benefits and efficiencies that the cloud has to offer to your business.  Being designed with multiple services to make sure that specific cloud security needs are addressed, Cloud one gives you the leg room you need to solve your present challenges while still being able to help you with future cloud needs.

With support for all major cloud platforms, and solutions that integrate directly into your DevOps processes and toolchain, Cloud One is designed to provide the flexibility you need without slowing down your business or application delivery.

Benefits of Cloud One

Automated

Security as code lets your DevOps teams bake security into their build pipeline to release continuously and frequently. With built-in automation, including automated discovery and deployment, quick-start templates, and our Automation Center, secure your environment and meet compliance requirements quickly.

Flexible

Builder’s choice. Security for your hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, and multi-service environments, as well as protection for any vintage of application delivery—with broad platform support.

All-in-One Solution

One platform that has the breadth, depth, and innovation required to meet and manage your cloud security needs today, and in the future.


To learn more about Cloud One and other Trend Micro Solutions, you can contact us at 8893 9515 and we would be happy to answer your inquiries!

Cloud Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Cloud Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Have you ever asked yourself what the biggest threats are in the cloud?  The answer may not be what you’d expect it to be.  Rather than big named malware or cyber attacks, the biggest risk in the cloud happens due to service misconfigurations.  Despite the cloud’s clear operating model, teams continue to make simple mistakes or overlook the simple task of properly configuring the services they use in the cloud.

Security in the Cloud is a shared responsibility as both customer and provider has their respective responsibility, these are usually based on the Shared Responsibility Model.  The model defines which segments each are responsible for.  At a glance, are you doing your part?  Or did you assume it was handled by your provider?

One common misconfiguration misstep comes from pre-configured deployment services.  Most misunderstandings arise from thinking that after being given the configurations that they too will handle update patching and even maintenance of said configuration.  It falls on you the user to do these responsibilities and make sure that your system is safe!

Another common cause of misconfiguration is from human error.  As per our nature, we are bound to make errors along the way when working even if we take as much precaution as we can.  This is where automation can help make sure that these errors don’t occur.  Let’s say the operating system your team uses for your systems has a new patch that needs to be deployed. Instead of someone patching each of the production virtual machines, that team member should patch the original template of the virtual machines and a build system should redeploy production.

For safety measures as well, it is always in best practice to verify that your providers are doing their part in keeping you secure.  This is not to say that your provider is not doing their job, usually the 3 big cloud providers have an overwhelming amount audit evidence you can browse, its always just better to keep the habit of counter checking when security is involved.


Interested in learning more about our Cloud Security Solutions?  Contact us at 8893-9515 and we would be happy to answer your inquiries!

Ransomware Hits Florida Town, Costs them $500,000 in Ransom

Ransomware Hits Florida Town, Costs them $500,000 in Ransom

No matter how big or small your organization is, security is always something that should be considered when it comes to securing your business data.  This is especially so if you are mostly handling confidential data such as data from customers.  Unfortunately, a town in Florida learned this lesson the hard way as they were recently hit by a ransomware attack.  As their operations was put to a standstill, they had no choice but to pay the asking price of cyber criminals, 42 bitcoins (equivalent to $500,000).

This wasn’t the only attack that happened in Florida as well, another municipality ended up paying cyber criminals $600,000 when the attack severed their connection to important data.  The mayor of the town even stated that he could not believe that in such a small town they would encounter such attacks.  They aren’t alone however, during the past years many other organizations such as major hospitals were hit by ransomware and were forced to pay to gain access to business-critical data.

“Ransomware is the canary in the coal mine,” said cyber-security expert Kevin Beaumont, who argued that the spate of attacks showed organizations needed to get better at basic IT security.

What can you do to prevent this?

As stated above, one preventive measure is to make sure that your employees are briefed on basic IT security as to make sure they don’t fall to attacks such as phising to prevent criminals from getting into the network.

Another would be to have data protection measures up, you may even start with a simple back up set up.  This is to ensure that during time of attacks or system failures, you will have a starting point to recover instead of trying to get whatever you can from your infected systems.

You may also consider advanced security protection from vendors such as Trend Micro which can help detect and quarantine suspicious files and activities from the Server level or even on your multiple endpoints.

To learn more about these solutions and how we can help you, you may contact us at 893-9515 and we would be happy to find the best solution for you company!

Security Advisory: Microsoft Alerts Customers to Patch BlueKeep Vulnerability ASAP

Security Advisory: Microsoft Alerts Customers to Patch BlueKeep Vulnerability ASAP

In case you didn’t hear, another big vulnerability was reported by Microsoft on May 14, 2019 known as “BlueKeep” which takes advantage vulnerabilities of Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Remote Code Execution (RCE), and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).  However, BlueKeep only affects older version of Windows, so users of Windows 10 and 8 can rest easy.  The severity of the vulnerability though has forced the hand of Microsoft and they have actually made and released a security patch for its unsupported versions.  They have classified this vulnerability as a critical level threat.

This is why as of June 4, 2019, Microsoft once again urged its customers to apply the patch as soon as possible as more than 1 million devices are still vulnerable to the attack.  This is to avoid another widescale malware attacks like those of the WannaCry ransomware attack back in 2017.  Many companies were affected by the attack and caused many business operations to stop, more notably hospital operations.

What can you do to avoid being affected?

Microsoft has already provided the solution to BlueKeep, make sure you download the latest security patch for your corresponding OS (you can find the patches here).  You may need to reboot your servers to ensure the patch is running properly.

For those who are Trend Micro users, specifically those who use Deep Security, if you are unable to apply the patch due to other reasons, such as being unable to reboot your servers, please make sure that you apply the correct policy for the virtual patching of Deep Security to ensure the security of your servers.  Below is the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) rule:

  • 1009749 – Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

You can view the official Trend Micro article on it here.

For those who are looking into a longer-term solution, you can consider solutions such as Citrix Gateway and Virtual Apps to secure your remote connections to Windows servers.

To learn more about these solutions, you can contact us at 893-9515 and we will help introduce you to different options that you have to help prevent these kinds of vulnerabilities!

A Closer look at Processor Vulnerabilities

A Closer look at Processor Vulnerabilities

The past few years has been rough on processor security, this especially for Intel as one of the biggest processor vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre was for nearly all their modern CPUs.  Although patches came out almost immediately to solve these issues, this was just the start to the security vulnerabilities as other attacks such as MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) have been popping up.  So why are these vulnerabilities and security flaws only now coming to light?  These issues actually are quite complex and would need a further understanding of the advances of CPU technology such as the following below:

  • L1/L2/L3 caches
  • Speculative execution
  • Pipelines and buffers
  • Hyper-Threading

If you are unfamiliar with the above technologies, they basically function as ways to help improve the speed of the CPU.  In theory, without these components, we could have a much more secure processor at the cost of performance.  Vendors are caught in a predicament of wanting to increase performance but also have to consider the security implications of newer technology.  This shows in the patches for recent vulnerability fixes which brought performance down of the CPU by 5-30%.  The latter number can be alarming but does not usually affect home users as the 30% is more frequent for servers.

Although vendors are still working on improving their security to prevent future vulnerabilities from happening, there are still ways to make sure that your data is protected like adding an additional layer of security.  With the help of 3rd party security vendors such as Trend Micro can help with products such as Deep Security through virtual patching.

To get a more in depth understanding of the processor vulnerabilities, you can refer to this article here.  To learn more about Trend Miro Deep Security, you can visit our page here or contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be more than happy to answer your inquiries!

Security Vulnerabilities: A Closer look at a Cyber Criminal’s Window to your System

Security Vulnerabilities: A Closer look at a Cyber Criminal’s Window to your System

You may be hearing more and more these days of new security vulnerabilities being discovered in the news and may be wondering what exactly it may imply?  Simply, a vulnerability represents the ideal opportunity for cyber criminals to infiltrate your system to compromise your data or to perform data theft.

According to current data now, we can see that these vulnerabilities will be popping up more often as 2017 had a record-breaking year for reported exploitable vulnerabilities, with almost 20,000 security flaws reported over the year.   For the year 2018, the data is still being tallied however, a report from RiskBased Security has already noted that more than 10,000 vulnerabilities have been reported in which 3,000 potential flaws which enterprises have failed to patch.

To better understand vulnerabilities, our friends from Trend Micro has segregated them into types in which to classify them:

Traditional vulnerability – is a programming error or other type of software issue that hackers can use to sidestep password protection or security measures and gain unauthorized access to legitimate systems. These are the most rampant types of security vulnerabilities.

Zero-days – are brand new software issues that have only just been identified and have not yet been patched by vendors.  As Trend Micro explained, “that’s because the vendor essentially has zero days to fix the issue or has chosen not to fix it.”

Undisclosed vulnerability – these are flaws that have been identified and reported, but are not yet disclosed to public users, giving vendors time to patch the issue.

So, what can you do to help address these vulnerabilities?

To help keep your enterprise safe from these vulnerabilities, Trend Micro suggests that you pay attention to current security research so that you can apply the necessary findings to help keep your business safe.  Another would be to make sure that you keep yourself up to date with updates and patches.  However, with the number of vendors and patches, it can sometimes be too much for your IT to patch immediately due to the volume.  Trend suggests the following patching prioritization scheme to help ease the load of your IT team:

  • The severity of the patched issue. Microsoft and other vendors will rate vulnerabilities according to how critical they are to overall risk. More critical patches should be applied as soon as possible, whereas less critical updates can represent a lower priority.
  • Vulnerabilities impacting your enterprise’s particular key software. Similarly, updates for software systems that are used on a daily basis within the enterprise and provide essential functionality should be prioritized over other updates. A patch for a software that is only intermittently used, or only impacts a small number of users in a single department of the company, for instance, can be put on the back burner.
  • Those currently being exploited. It’s important to prioritize patches for vulnerabilities that hackers are currently using to mount attacks.

To learn more, you may visit the original Trend Micro article here, visit our product page here, or you can also contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be happy to answer your inquiries!