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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: Industry Trends
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: Industry Trends
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
BlackHat Asia 2016 was once again held in the majestic Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore.. This is one of the biggest security conferences in Asia. We attended many of the talks and presentations and wanted to highlight some of the most interesting topics here for those of you who were unable to attend: - A NEW CVE-2015-0057 EXPLOIT TECHNOLOGY. Security researcher Wang Yu introduced an approach on exploiting the patched Windows kernel vulnerability CVE-2015-0057. This exploit was inspired by a number of other research papers that have... [Read More]
by RSS Tony Loi  |  Apr 12, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Healthcare organizations have taken more than their fair share of security hits lately. The  bad news continued this week with yet another data breach announcement for Medical Informatics Engineering, an Indiana-based healthcare software company, and an FDA warning to stop using Hospira’s Symbiq medication infusion pump. The data breach involved 3.9 million people, exposing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other protected health information. The company reported the breach late last month but news of the nearly 3-week... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Aug 04, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
I just finished watching the first episode of Mr. Robot, the new show on USA Network about “a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night...recruited by a mysterious underground group to destroy the firm he's paid to protect”. Let’s just get this out of the way upfront: It’s a great show. It’s good television in its own right, but the real genius is in the way it doesn’t bother dumbing down the geek-speak for the sake of viewers who aren’t nerds looking for something to fill the void... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jun 25, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends