Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Safeguards research data with Trend Micro

Overview

As a campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Fisheries and Marine Institute is North America’s most comprehensive institute dedicated to education, training, research, and industrial support for the oceans industries. Its capability combines the best of world-class facilities, strong education and training programs, and highly qualified and dedicated people. Located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,, the Marine Institute has six other locations throughout the province, seven applied research centres, and works with its academic and industry partners across Canada and around the world in various oceans sectors.

The Institute’s IT department supports about 400 employees, approximately 1,000 full-time students, and more than 8,000 students registrations in short-course training programs.

Challenges

At a research university, data is the most valuable asset and must be carefully protected. In 2011, when the Marine Institute virtualised its physical servers, the Institute’s IT team realised they needed to improve their security protection as well. “We were using another product with our physical servers, but we knew that wouldn’t work in a virtual server infrastructure environment,” said Trevor Pike, manager of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Department at the Marine Institute. “We perform research activities involving mapping the ocean floor around Newfoundland, and other endeavors that are time consuming, dangerous, and expensive. You only want to do it once. Having to replace that data would be catastrophic.”

Pike needed to maintain an open environment where researchers could share data while also protecting that data. At the same time, he needed to ensure that the institute had the best possible endpoint protection given the number of faculty and students it serves.

Why Trend Micro

In addition to improving overall data protection, Pike needed protection for the institute’s new network-attached storage (NAS). Pike turned to Trend Micro based on the company’s reputation and its proven ability to protect a broad range of areas. “I needed a solid solution that included a web proxy server that could scan our NAS and provide endpoint protection,” said Pike. “Trend Micro could do all that.”

Pike also likes the innovation and leadership demonstrated by Trend Micro. The effort Trend Micro puts into continual product development makes for resilient systems, and the fact that Trend Micro products enable easy security-product layering is a real plus. “The best defence is a layered defence,” said Pike. “Trend Micro integrates well with other products, so we leverage a layered security approach.”

"Any security pro out there will tell you: Trend Micro Deep Security is the Cadillac of systems for a virtual environment."

Trevor Pike
Manager of the Information and Communications Technologies Group
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Solutions

In 2014, Pike and his team implemented Trend Micro™ Deep Security™ solution for their virtual server infrastructure to protect against malware and threats. “There wasn’t anything else on the market that offered the same protection at the hypervisor level,” said Pike. “Any security pro out there will tell you: Trend Micro Deep Security is the Cadillac of systems for a virtual environment.”

By 2017, the institute was moving to the cloud and was using another vendor’s product for endpoint protection. But when they began seeing a rise in endpoint incidents, Pike and his team decided it was time to evolve. Pike implemented Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Suite for endpoint protection. Today, Smart Protection Suite is on every endpoint and runs on the institute’s web proxy gateway for NAS file shares and on the institute’s email servers. “The larger university runs the big ERP applications,” said Pike. “We run a number of smaller apps, so data and email are core. We have to protect those resources.”

Results

Pike and his team review security metrics daily and feel confident in the results they are seeing. “I’m always impressed with the level of reporting we get and the fact that there are very few incidents in those reports. And if there are any incidents, they are remediated automatically,” he said. “Trend Micro Deep Security has achieved our security objectives.”

Trend Micro Smart Protection Complete protects the institute across a broad range of threats. The suite integrates with enterprise applications and cloud applications to minimise the impact on IT and administrators. Smart Protection Complete also evolves to find new threats by sharing threat intelligence among security layers, and its centralised visibility across endpoints, email, web, and hosted security services reduces management time. “Almost immediately after implementing it, we saw a drastic reduction in what was hitting the firewall,” said Pike. “That improves performance across our entire IT environment.”

"I’m always impressed with the level of reporting we get and the fact that there are very few incidents in those reports. And if there are any incidents, they are remediated automatically."

Trevor Pike
Manager of the Information and Communications Technologies Group
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Next Step

Looking to the future, Pike plans to implement a security education program for institute staff, researchers, and students to help reiterate and promote safe computing practices. He also plans to work with Trend Micro to strengthen the Institute’s network and ensure optimal security protection.