With the dynamic and global nature of today’s cyber threat landscape, enterprises are faced with ever-increasing challenges. To help customers remain ahead of cyber criminals, Trend Micro Incorporated, continues to invest in threat research and intelligence.  The company announced the establishment of its Cybersecurity Research Centre in Toronto, Canada, an important addition to its global threat research footprint. The formation of the Centre coincides with the announcement of a partnership with TELUS Communications, Canada’s fastest growing telecommunications company. The strategic relationship will allow for close research collaboration, as well as increased development of insights and protective measures for customers.

“We are proud to add Toronto to our list of world-leading cybersecurity research centres that already includes Austin, Manila, Munich, Ottawa, Prague, Taipei and Tokyo,” said Eva Chen, CEO of Trend Micro. “We chose Toronto because of the strength of the talent, as well as our overall increased investment in Canada. As a truly global security leader, proximity to our customer base allows us to best address their local threat needs while sharing insights globally. Working with a strong, dependable industry leader like TELUS will help us to further strengthen our North American presence.”

“Trend Micro’s decision to establish its Cybersecurity Research Centre here in Toronto is further evidence that our government’s focus on advanced technology and STEM education is attracting investment and jobs to Ontario,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “Congratulations to Trend Micro and TELUS Communications on collaborating to protect customers from online threats.”

“Today’s announcement shows that world-leading companies are casting a vote of confidence in Ontario, particularly when it comes to advanced technology,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “The partnership between TELUS and Trend Micro will create good jobs and improve cybersecurity for us here at home, and around the world.”

Trend Micro’s relationship with TELUS will allow both companies to provide Canada, and the world, with more effective security services against targeted threats. Customers will benefit from Trend Micro’s ability to predict and guard against threats targeting Canadian infrastructure and assets. Furthermore, TELUS customers will benefit from increased cybersecurity protection through the use of targeted threat intelligence, products and services.

“Companies must co-innovate to solve tough problems for their customers, as they are directly faced with constant cybersecurity and privacy threats,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer for TELUS. “This is why we are working with Trend Micro to increase the existing protection of our customers. Our new partnership represents the steadfast belief that future data protection requires a highly integrated approach.”

Cybersecurity experts and staff will use advanced tools and techniques to conduct:

  • Analysis to identify critical vulnerabilities in machines, networks and communication infrastructures;
  • Analysis of malware and exploits to identify and assess the taxonomy of advanced malwares; and,
  • Custom research of cyber intrusions on behalf of enterprise customers.

Research teams’ findings will be further analyzed to:

  • Help predict the types of threats that will impact critical assets and infrastructure;
  • Help develop appropriate security controls that can then be deployed to protect critical customer assets; and,
  • Support the ongoing management and continuous monitoring of security controls.

Trend Micro’s global threat intelligence extends the efficacy and reach of its Smart Protection Network. By rapidly and accurately collecting and identifying new threats that deliver instant protection for data wherever it resides, the Smart Protection Network automatically correlates information about security risks found on millions of computers worldwide. The result helps protect against new threats faster. As more data is collected and correlated globally, the more effective the network becomes.