CYBERSECURITY

Trend Micro Formalizes Business Unit for U.S. Federal Agencies' Specific Needs

Trend Micro Incorporated | May 30, 2022

Federal Agencies
With the development of a dedicated U.S. Federal business unit, Trend Micro Incorporated, a worldwide cybersecurity pioneer, confirms its position as the security partner of choice. The company is committed to expanding its mission to U.S. federal agencies and citizens by securing data as it moves to the cloud, particularly for major investment and specialist recruitment. he business unit in Washington, DC, focuses on protecting digital transformation, zero-trust implementation, and cloud migrations that meet the needs of federal agencies.

Customers benefit from a carefully chosen roster of government cybersecurity professionals, which includes hundreds of government institutions around the world, including current U.S. Federal agencies. Former government cyber executives, specialized support teams, and cyber threat researchers are among them.

  • David Chow, Chief Technology Strategy Officer and former federal government CIO and CISO with decades of experience as a government practitioner and leader.
  • Ed Cabrera, Chief Cybersecurity Officer and former CISO of the U.S. Secret Service, who has managed cybersecurity strategy and alignments with federal departments.
  • Chris Radosh, Vice President and General Manager of the Business Unit, is a proud veteran with over 25 years of experience operating technology enterprises and forming cybersecurity collaborations with federal agencies.

Cybercriminals are constantly targeting the heart of U.S. national security. According to a recent study, governments worldwide have been targeted by ransomware more than any other industry. Trend Micro is confident in its goal to secure the connected world, and it is particularly committed to safeguarding the country's core. Trend Micro has the most customers and threat data from all over the world, and governments all over the world have relied on the company for decades.

Trend Micro has a demonstrated commitment to providing customizable information security for the federal government. Federal agencies and organizations need flexible, scalable security solutions that fit into their overall goals to manage risk. Our long-standing relationship with Trend Micro includes a fundamental security software used in Coalfire's Accelerated Cloud Engineering (ACE) offering. We are most grateful for this extraordinary partnership."

Coalfire's Business Development Director, Chris Krueger

Spotlight

18F, the group within General Services Administration (GSA) that designs user-centric digital services, only represents 0.03% of the total federal information technology (IT) workforce but that may be enough for a team that can prototype a mobile feature in 29 minutes.1 The tech group’s success stems in part from its commitment to collaboration: publicly posting the code for each project on GitHub for others to use or by pairing their embedded Presidential Innovation Fellows with business, nonprofit, and academic partners.

Spotlight

18F, the group within General Services Administration (GSA) that designs user-centric digital services, only represents 0.03% of the total federal information technology (IT) workforce but that may be enough for a team that can prototype a mobile feature in 29 minutes.1 The tech group’s success stems in part from its commitment to collaboration: publicly posting the code for each project on GitHub for others to use or by pairing their embedded Presidential Innovation Fellows with business, nonprofit, and academic partners.

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