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Trend Micro 3rd Level Links

Trend Micro is proud to have strong 3rd level links established with local colleges in Ireland. Our mission is to educate, inspire and advance undergraduates who are interested in pursuing careers at the world’s leading technology companies.

It is because Trend Micro has a shared value around empowering a dynamic and diverse workforce to succeed, that we are proud to offer in 2016, seven college placements to successful students from UCC (University College Cork), CIT (Cork Institute of Technology) and WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology).

Trend Micro recognises the power of employee differences and believes diversity within teams not only promotes a culture of innovation, but also results in greater business outcomes. There are 25 different nationalities within the Cork office which complements our diverse workforce. The students will bring additional ideas and energy to our organisation.

We also implemented this 3rd Level links strategy to ensure we attract graduates to enhance our competitive edge. We have placed students into roles we regularly recruit for. This strategy will allow us to start forming a graduate hire top talent pipeline. It provides the graduate with great expertise and experience within the sector, while also promoting our employer brand within colleges and strengthening our academic relationships.

From a long term societal perspective we are hoping that we will influence the next generation to aspire for a career within this exciting cyber security sector. This will benefit the tech sector as a whole, as it will provide a next generation outlook while also providing R&D collaboration with colleges.

Tracey Walton, HR Coordinator

Butterfly Child

When you stand in front of parents of primary school kids to speak about internet safety, you have to expect the unexpected. However prepared as I thought I was when I attended Scoil na mBuachailli Clonakilty last week nothing could have prepared me for what came next.

Scoil na mBuachailli, or the Boys School for my non Irish friends, are long known for being a very progressive primary school driven by a very broadminded headmaster in Barth Harrington. So when I heard that their new Christmas song involved some African music I wasn’t exactly shocked.

However what I didn’t realise was that the song was a full collaboration with a primary school from the Samburu tribe in Kenya, also known as the Butterfly people due to their colourful clothing. The collaboration was coordinated by the Thorn Tree Project to raise money for the education of Samburu children – from Kindergarten to College.

This is the point where you stop reading, put on your headphones and click the video below. I hope you will be as moved as I was to see what a group of 8-12 year olds can do with a little help from their teachers.

When you see what these kids and teachers have done, you have to ask the question, what can I do to help? Thankfully, that’s as easy as 1.2.3.

  1. Buy the song from iTunes for €0.99 by clicking here or donate via JustGiving.
  2. Share this with your network on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter or any other forum.
  3. Watch the video again with a warm fuzzy felling knowing that you’ve done your bit to help a great initiative.

Posted by Derek Gallagher

Internet Safety for Kids & Families

Our Global Outreach

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To date, that means:

 134,230 people engaged with our international youth campaign ‘What’s Your Story?’
 93,695 kids and 259,459 parents/teachers have engaged with our global ISKF education programs.

Thanks to our 500+ Trend Micro volunteers around the world, Trend Micro has gained a strong reputation for rolling up our sleeves and getting involved in our local communities. We are making a real difference in promoting the safe, responsible and successful use of the internet and technology.

Ashley Millar talks about Real Community Impact in Australia
Thousands of kids, parents and teachers nationwide engaged with ‘What’s your Story?’ Australia in 2015. As part of ‘Stay Smart Online’ week the Australian government partnered up with Trend Micro hosting the award ceremony at their Parliament House in Canberra where our competition winners received their prizes. Check out the campaign


“Running the ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition in Australia for the 2nd year was an exhilarating experience. Receiving the feedback from kids, parents, teachers and partners about how much they enjoyed the competition really made all the hard work worthwhile, and it feels great when you have that ‘proud’ moment and you realise the important part we play in encouraging an open conversation about online safety between kids. Bring on 2016!”
Ashley Millar, Trend Micro Australia.

Our ISKF team in Ireland have been busy

Our internet safety team in Ireland have delivered an internet safety youth programme impacting over 4,000 students, sponsored an ‘Excellence in Education’ Award and ‘What’s Your Story?’ Ireland is now also a finalist in the Digital Marketing Awards 2015.

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IT Company of the Year: Trend Micro Triumphs at the IAIR Awards

At Trend Micro it’s always been our overriding goal to make the world a safer place in which to exchange digital information. Over the past 26+ years we’ve been able to do just that, thanks to an extensive global team of threat researchers and some of the most innovative and effective security solutions on the planet. Our customers know through experience the value of this unwavering commitment. But it’s also nice to be validated by other sources.

That’s why we are thrilled to have won the prize for IT Company of the Year – Security Software Europe- at the prestigious IAIR Awards this year.
Securing the cloud
Cloud computing is already fundamentally reshaping the way we live and work. Through the power of virtualisation and cloud services companies are able to be more productive, agile and streamlined, saving costs and generating previously unheard of IT efficiencies. But there are dangers. Traditional cyber security solutions cannot simply be shoe-horned into these new environments. In the worst case scenario, they can cause severe performance issues and leave gaps which the bad guys are only too willing and able to exploit.

That’s why Trend Micro provides a range of cloud and virtual-ready products to secure your environment – whatever stage of the journey to the cloud you’re at. Our flagship Deep Security offering secures physical, virtual, and cloud servers from a single integrated platform – helping customers reduce operating costs, minimise data breaches and meet onerous compliance requirements.

Boasting anti-malware, file and system integrity monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention, stateful firewall and log inspection, it offers comprehensive protection from the latest threats. What’s more, with virtual patching and the option of agentless architecture it has been designed to close off those gaps in protection as efficiently as possible, allowing you to accelerate the RoI of cloud and virtualisation.

An IAIR winner
It’s continuous innovation in developing products like these that’s helped us win awards like the one we received in London on the 28th October. Now in their fifth year, the IAIR Awards are an arbiter of excellence in the corporate world. They’re an offshoot of IAIR – one of the fastest growing magazines in the world, which reaches hundreds of thousands of business leaders and decision makers globally. It’s even backed by the European Commission with a mission to promote excellence in the global economy and sustainability.

Its aims in this marry with our own. In fact, sustainability and corporate responsibility have been at the heart of what we do since our founding in 1988. That’s why we set aside 1% of our profits for Global Citizenship programs, and have been named on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for more than eight years running.

Thanks for your continued support. We’ll enjoy this award, then get back to what we do best – protecting our customers around the world from the worst the bad guys can throw at us.

Complete Trender Diversity


How diverse is Trend Micro Ireland?
With a gender balance of 1.3 males to 1 female, average age 37, and 27 different nationalities, very!
At Trend Micro Ireland, we embrace all of our differences naturally, across the inclusion categories, and without excess fanfare. Whichever your gender; whomever your partner may or may not be; whatever your beliefs or capability; however many birthdays you have celebrated; or wherever you are from, you can be the best part of yourself here. We are like nowhere else.

Why is this important to us?
We are already a transnational company with Eva Chen CEO, and diverse global & European senior leadership. In addition to the human benefits of inclusion, much validated research has proven that optimal diversity drives optimal collaboration, innovation and more i.e. Trend’s core cultural values.

Can we achieve even more diversity?
Yes. With the introduction of our Complete Trender Diversity programme, we will (a) celebrate more all that we have in place and (b) ensure on an ongoing basis that all categories are well and evenly-represented. Here are some initial plans:

• Further-embrace all of our differences through a Complete Trender Diversity Calendar utilising our Cork Comms intranet, canteen TV screens, and close partnership with Brook Food Services to recognise these days though lunch menu offerings etc.

• Collaborate with Cope Foundation on a Grand Job pilot here at Trend Micro Ireland. Grand Job is a scheme that promotes workplace inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities. Find out more about this great initiative at:

• Not solely driven by diversity, implement a 3rd Level Links strategy for 2016 to include interns across Sales, Technical Support, Customer Operations and IS. In addition to average age and longer-term talent drivers, we will really benefit from next generation perspective.

To celebrate the launch of our Complete Trender Diversity, we had a crepe cart serving a diverse range of fillings…



Trend Ireland Events Week Commencing September 14th

Two exciting Irish events taking place this week in which Trend Ireland is delighted to be participating, further strengthening our wider-community links:

TY (Transition Year) Expo, Kilkenny (Avril Ronan, Global Programme Manager for Internet Safety)

Thousands of Transition Year students (15-16 year olds) will flock to Kilkenny Wednesday and Thursday for TY Expo, where they will learn about all the amazing projects and initiatives that they can get involved in during their Transition Year.

Trend Ireland will host a stand at TY Expo, promoting the positive and successful use of the internet. Students and teachers will be able to register for our ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition 2016 and also for our Transition Year Be-smart Internet Safety Programme. And of course, we will have Oculus Rift with us! We also have Transition Year student volunteers from Kilkenny College who will support us at our stand. Kilkenny College have worked closely with us over the years with our Be-smart programme, so it’s great to be able to partner up with them.

Stay tuned for all the photos and live action! Please re-tweet and like to help us spread the word about the work that we are doing to support our ISKF mission:

Twitter: @TrendISKF_IE, @Avril_Ronan, @nic_2812, @callaghan007
Facebook: TrendMicroISKF

SAM (Sense About Maths) Den Event, Cork
(William Dalton, Director – EMEA IS and Corporate Technology)

Sense About Maths is a programme designed to provide a stimulus to 5th and 6th class primary school pupils to actively engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects outside of their curriculum.

As part of the recruitment drive for SAM in 2016, a kick-off event is planned for this coming Thursday 6-8PM in the Nexus Hall at CIT (Cork Institute of Technology).

There will be approximately 200 kids and 190 parents from across the city and county joining to learn more about SAM, with a lot of activities planned for the kids: minecraft demos (if anyone knows Stamp Long Nose, his sister will be in attendance!), tip tap tap (next generation desk platform), Coder Dojo, Bio Coder Dojo etc.

The main panel will include:

•Dara Murphy, Minister of State/Minister European Affairs & Data Protection
•Emer Beamer, Founder Global Children’s Designathon (
•Ciara Judge, CIT, Founder @purchasemate & @germinaid, AAT Ambassador
•Marianne Lee, Director of Analytics and Financial Planning at Trend Micro
•Caroline O’Driscoll, Tax Partner at KPMG, Vice Chair at it@Cork, I Wish ambassador
•Dr. John Barrett, Head of Academic Studies at Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research @ CIT

Trend Ireland has sponsored this event as a Gold Sponsor.

Trend Micro EMEA Operations Centre (Cork, Ireland)

Trend Micro established its EMEA Operations Centre in Cork in 2003 with a start-up team of ~30, and now employs approximately 250 people across the following functions: Centralised Sales, Technical Support, Customer Operations, Information Services, Financial Services, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility.

With the cybersecurity sector literally smoking-hot right now, and Change one of Trend’s core values, the strategic aim of the Ops Centre is the continual pursuit of excellence and innovation to empower Trend’s global mission at EMEA level. All of our functions are positively-transforming on an ongoing basis.

With 7 different functions, more than 20 nationalities and a similar number of languages under one roof, working life here is certainly never dull! Through organisational focuses like communications, learning & development, corporate social responsibility etc., we are very much an aligned and united group though, not to mention a social bunch too!

Roles for which we frequently recruit include:

Sales & Marketing: Inside Regional Account Managers (iRAM), Inside Channel Account Managers (iCAM), Renewals Sales Managers (RSM), Sales Engineers (SE), SMB Marketing and eCommerce/Web

Technical Support: Customer Service Engineers (CSE), Customer Technology Specialists (CTS), Threat Research Engineers (RTL), Critical Account Specialists and Technical Training/QA Specialists

Customer Operations: Customer Service, Data Management, Service Delivery

Please also keep an eye for other exciting roles that periodically arise in IS, Finance, HR and CSR. We are always interested in hearing from potential “future Trenders” regarding all of our roles too.

David Barry, Senior Manager – HR

What’s Your Story 2015


At the beginning of 2015 as I transitioned from a sales role into a social media and content position, I was asked to be involved in Trend Micro’s What’s Your Story competition in Ireland, and drive the social media campaigns for both Twitter @trendISKF_IE and Facebook. The competition itself allowed for young aspiring film-makers and artists to create short films and posters to highlight creative, impactful, safe and responsible ways to use the internet.

To say I jumped at the opportunity was an understatement!

I am going to go ahead and steal a line from a song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed, recorded by a couple of different artists but I believe made most-famous by Whitney Houston on her self-titled album:

I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.

That one line really strikes a chord with me, as having two small kids myself, I feel it is my duty to make sure they know how to be safe, secure, responsible and more importantly, successful online. In the society we live in today, children are now taking the step into the unknown of the internet at a much younger age, and most are more savvy to apps, search engines and social platforms then their parents will ever be. So, if in some little way I could help in spreading the good word of internet safety for kids and families, then it was something I was never going to pass up and was honored to even be asked.

This year’s competition launch in Ireland was the 10th of February, with the winners being announced on on the 20th of May, and was a massive success with schools and individuals from all over the country submitting entries, each more creative then the next. I was amazed at the level of competition this year even from the youngest of entrants, so please if you have time, go and have a look for yourself as these should definitely be seen by a wider audience:

Apart from the all of the above, the most inspiring thing I took from this whole process was the work ethic and commitment of Avril Ronan. I have never in all my time come into contact with someone so dedicated as she to empowering youth online, and I can honestly say that Avril seemed to have more hours in her day than I! Working with her and all other contributors on #WhatsYourStory2015 was an experience I will not soon forget. I am already looking forward to the planning stages and rollout of What’s Your Story 2016, as I know that this will be even bigger and more exciting than this year’s.

If you have been good enough to read this through to the end, you might also follow the above links and give us a like or a follow to show your support. Or maybe leave a comment or share your stories on how you yourself have helped the youth of today be safe and successful online.

Please feel free to share on LinkedIn & Twitter as you see fit.

Thank you for reading,

Barry O’Callaghan – Social Media & Content Manager

Let the Trend Micro Ireland Blogging Commence!

For some time now at Trend Micro, lots of great content, blogging etc. have been circulating through company sites, LinkedIn, twitter et al. To be expected, the majority of this has been focused on the cybersecurity landscape and Trend’s three fantastic product solution offerings: Complete User Protection, Custom Defense and Cloud & Data Center Security…even Better when Together.

At Trend, we are extremely proud of our company, products and particular 2015 Customer & Trustworthiness cultural focuses. Here at Trend Ireland, whether you are a potential customer or candidate, we are at a point where we would really like to add to the content mix with more blogging also from HR, recruitment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspectives. Why exactly?

1. Employer brand – though one of our company mottos is ‘no ego’, we strongly feel much more insight into Trend Ireland needs to be out there. Often, we have attended other-company or sector events on particular topics and felt “we have been doing that since the very beginning!” No company is perfect, but now definitely feels like the time to better-advocate all of the positives we have in place here.

2. Employee advocacy – linked to the above, Ireland-based Trenders have often articulated “how come my family, friends and professional connections are not more aware of all the pluses here?” With this blog, a medium now exists for Trend Ireland organisational insight and updates to be posted, that can subsequently be shared by Trenders to their social networks.

3. Talent pooling – in tandem with posting current open Trend Ireland roles on the Trend EMEA Careers portal, we are very keen to continually-attract and hear from potential future Trenders. Through this blog, whether a potential customer or candidate, we really hope that you will like what you read and see, and have an interest in finding out much much more.

So, with the above organisational context, let the Trend Micro Ireland blogging commence! Our intent is to post several times a week here, and absolutely welcome your feedback. Discover Trend. Discover You.

David Barry – Senior Manager, HR