Trend Micro has selected Singapore as the site for its first regional data lake, bringing its XDR suite to Asia Pacific and strengthening data sovereignty for its customers in Asia.
Driven by the demand for a data lake, Trend Micro selected Singapore due to its hub status for businesses across Asia Pacific as well as its strong data protection laws.
The data lake, which stores activity data across individual security tools in an organisation, began operations at the start of August.
“There has been tremendous demand from our customers in the region for XDR capabilities since last year. Now they will be able to have the full XDR experience,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Trend Micro’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
With security operations center (SOC) teams up against increasingly sophisticated threats, the XDR solution is said to go beyond endpoint detection and response (EDR) by acting like a black box to record and analyse data from emails, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads and networks in an organisation.
Mr. Thakkar said: “EDR is only one piece of the whole detection and response puzzle. It’s great but it has limited reach, as it only collects data on the endpoints. To have integrated visibility across multiple security vectors is a top-priority item on any SOC’s to-do list.”
The cloud security provider’s XDR solution is purported to address operational nightmares faced by SOC teams, including alert fatigue by automatically combing through noisy cybersecurity alerts identifying potential attacks, contextually visualising alerts to show different stages of attacks, and centralising normalised data to improve efficiency.
“XDR gives us an additional dimension in threat detection. It allows for faster correlation of endpoint events to related services, such as network and email, to help us quickly identify entry points and the spread of infection visually,” said Ian Loe, the Senior Vice President for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure & Performance Architecture at NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Limited.
In their announcement of the first regional data lake in Singapore, Trend Micro also revealed plans for a second data lake to be up and running in Sydney, Australia in October.