by RSS Karin Shopen  |  Oct 30, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends

Just take a look at the latest news headlines and you’ll get a strong picture of just how pervasive and, in many ways, elusive the world of cyber security has become. Each week it seems there are reports of new, more insidious attacks. So the idea of “knowing your enemy” isn’t simply a catchy phrase for the team that I now have the privilege of working with.

They are called the FortiGuard Labs and when I started at Fortinet just six weeks ago, I quickly realized they are this company’s best-kept secret. Let’s be clear, FortiGuard isn’t a product or a solution, it is at the center of our DNA, and is at the heart of everything we do to protect our customers and this secret weapon is tasked with not just knowing the enemy, but being smarter than they are!

FortiGuard Labs is Fortinet’s in-house security research and response team, with over 10 years of proven threat prevention leadership, specializing in developing new adaptive defense tools to help protect against multi-vector zero day attacks.
This global team oversees all of Fortinet’s security services, delivering real-time, comprehensive security updates.

How do they do it? By the numbers - 360/61,320/100:

  • 360 degree Comprehensive Security: FortiGuard Labs leverages real-time intelligence on the threat landscape to deliver comprehensive security updates across the full range of Fortinet solutions for synergistic protection.
  • 61,320 hours (24x7x365) Protection: Helping our customers stay ahead of threats: as new threats emerge FortiGuard Labs 24x7x365 global operations push security intelligence updates in real-time to Fortinet solutions, delivering protection against new and emerging threats.
  • 100% commitment to High Performance Solutions: Fortinet’s portfolio of integrated security services are developed from the ground up to maximize protection and optimize performance across Fortinet’s security solutions -- both physical and virtual.

Advanced threats today need to be addressed through a comprehensive solution of high performance security platforms and intelligent real-time updates. A good example for the successes of the FortiGuard team is Fortinet’s sandboxing solution, reaching 99 percent breach detection rate according to NSS Labs testing, and is now available as a virtual appliance in addition to the physical appliance and cloud-based offerings.

After watching the video explaining “How would a malicious Hacker try to get into your network" and getting some recommendations from the FortiGuard Lab experts on improving Your Security Mitigation to Better Address Advanced Threats you will understand why it’s no surprise that after spending time with the FortiGuard team I felt like I was dealing with the “007” of the modern age, (maybe I should adjust that to 00111 -> 7 in binary). The new secret agents tasked to fight and win the wars in cyber space.