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Prosperous nations sometimes take for granted the safe and reliable critical infrastructures that underpin our economies, governments, and personal well-being.  Similar to how we marvel today at the Roman Empire’s aqueducts, the 3rd millennium will likely do the same with today’s critical infrastructures.  That is, if they don’t lead to our downfall. Our Strength, Our Weakness The common understanding of the phrase ‘all roads lead to Rome’ is that there are many different ways to reach a goal. ... [Read More]
by RSS Phil Quade  |  Sep 29, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The first day here at Black Hat is over. On the expo floor, a number of vendors are promoting that they now provide critical threat intelligence along with the other technologies they provide. Of course, in general, this is a good thing. The biggest challenge organizations have historically faced has been a lack of visibility into their networks, especially cloud and virtualized environments. The challenge, however, is how are organizations supposed to consume, correlate, and make use of all of this information? Dozens of intelligence feeds from... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The biggest trend in security today seems to be information sharing. Everyone agrees that sharing threat intelligence is key to detecting and stopping attacks. The challenge isn’t that there aren’t enough sources for threat intelligence, but that there is simply too much information being generated, and that includes far too much redundancy. What we need an ecosystem to vet and process the information first – an information exchange and clearing house – like the cyber threat alliance (CTA) that Fortinet helped establish back... [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
In this second installment, begun with ”The Evolution of the Firewall,” we will take a look at the direction security is headed. From its humble beginnings, the firewall has evolved through several stages of development. Its latest incarnation, built on the legacy of its first two generations, implements the strategic pillars of Segmentation, Access Control, and Real-time analytics/action to realize intent-based network security. The Three Generations of the Firewall With the advantage of looking backwards in time, it’s now... [Read More]
by RSS Phil Quade  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As the Internet and Digital Economy have grown up, the humble Firewall has continued to serve as their go-to security appliance. In this first of a two-part series, we will examine how, in spite of the evolution of the Firewall through a number of shapes, functions, and roles, it remains the security foundation for implementing the strategic pillars of Segmentation, Access Control, and Real-time analytics/action now and into the future. Change is a fact of life; what doesn’t change usually withers and dies. This is true for both the biological... [Read More]
by RSS Phil Quade  |  Jul 21, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Q: You joined Fortinet recently after three decades in cybersecurity roles in government, including most recently the NSA. What has that experience taught you about the nature and scope of the threats that organizations face these days? Some people say that street cops and detectives see an especially negative view of humanity, because, more often than not, they are called to assist with an unlawful or sad situation.  Similarly, coming from the foreign intelligence business, you get a first-hand view of what foreign adversaries aspire to... [Read More]
by RSS Darlene Gannon  |  Jul 18, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Security Q & A
Fortinet is proud to be a Platinum Plus Sponsor at Black Hat’s 20th anniversary conference, being held this July 22-27 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Our booth is #915. This year’s booth includes a live theater, and we have lined up great presentations from Fabric-Ready Partners, as well as from some of Fortinet’s top solutions experts.  The presentation schedule will be posted online before the show, and a schedule will also be available at the booth. In addition, Derek Manky, Fortinet’s... [Read More]
by RSS Mike Morgan  |  Jul 14, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
On Wednesday, Dan Kaminsky delivered the opening keynote address at Black Hat. His talk was entitled, “The Hidden Architecture of our Time: “Why This Internet Worked, How We Could Lose It, and the Role Hackers Play,” and detailed the challenges and risks of the Internet, and what vendors need to do to fix it. Central to his presentation was a discussion of his new hardened browser, IronFrame, and a new firewall technology called Autoclave. Both are built on the premise of hardening and isolating environments in order to reduce... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The Show Floor I’m always interested to walk the show floor the first day of a conference to get a sense of what the vendor community has decided is important. The show floor at Black Hat is especially interesting, because while most of the vendors are responding to the security demands of their customers, just upstairs researchers are demonstrating the next generation of threats that haven’t yet, for the most part, been addressed. A quick walk around the floor shows two major trends. The big bets vendors are making are cloud security... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Aug 04, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Q&A on Encryption with Aamir Lakhani Encryption remains a hotly debated topic of discussion in cybersecurity. Fortinet’s Aamir Lakhani offers some perspective on what customers think about encryption today and going forward. Why is encryption currently such a hot topic? Privacy is a major concern right now. The Edward Snowden leaks in 2013 made people more aware than ever about their lack of privacy. They have also raised such questions as: Do we have a fundamental right to privacy? How far do we protect privacy? In the past,... [Read More]
by RSS John Welton  |  Jul 07, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends