cyber security


Q&A with Brian Forster The financial services sector is a high-value target for hackers, and therefore always under attack. While it’s critical to ensure effective security, financial services must also be able to conduct business in real time—with no network slowdowns given they’ve been deemed critical infrastructure by many governments. Fortinet's Brian Forster offers some perspectives on the current state of cybersecurity for the industry.  1) What are the biggest security threats financial... [Read More]
by RSS John Welton  |  May 09, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Fortinet just announced the new tightly integrated Security Fabric, and the ninth generation of their content security processing ASIC, the CP9. The environment that spurs this sort of unprecedented innovation is focused on the following driving factors: Anticipating the network, data, and user trends that demand more sophisticated threat protection, including cloud and virtualization, IoT, and the expanding attack surface. Closely monitoring attack vectors and threat actors in order to continually close the gap between threat and response. Providing... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Organizations are undergoing dramatic change, driven by their transformation to a digital business model and the resulting exponential increase in data, devices, users, applications, and transactions flooding their networks through the cloud. Managing, processing, and servicing this information is business critical, and it is putting a huge strain on budgets and IT resources. Of course, changes like this also exponentially expand the attack surface that needs to be protected. There are more targets than ever, and cybercriminals are developing... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
In February 2016, a group of hackers from Russia took control of a Victorian high school’s phone system to unleash a flurry of bomb threats across schools in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, causing major disruptions, but ultimately, no injury. But Australian government and business officials are worried about what could happen from a cyber security attack with more sinister goals. This attack from the “Evacuation Squad” has demonstrated vulnerabilities in Australian cyber security, and businesses and government organisations... [Read More]
by RSS Fortinet  |  Apr 10, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
The Internet of Things (IoT) is projecting incredible growth in the near future—with an estimated 20+ billion devices expected to be connected in the next four years alone. This rapid expansion will afford opportunities to all sorts of businesses and organizations—including those with nefarious intents. Each year, researchers discover somewhere between five and seven thousand network vulnerabilities—and that range has held steady over the last few years. But with this explosion of IoT devices and vendors under way, we’re... [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Apr 07, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
If you’ve been listening to the news at all the past couple of weeks, you have undoubtedly heard of a number of companies being affected by ransomware.  The recent surge in this form of cyber attack has many organizations and users understandably concerned. And you should be. Ransomware is nasty stuff. But with some careful preparation, you can significantly lower your risk of being infected, and reduce the impact on you or your organization should you get hit. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a form of malware that infects devices,... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Apr 06, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Today, within the framework of the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership (NICP), the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency signed an industry partnership agreement with Fortinet. Derek Manky offers some perspective on this important partnership. Michael Xie, CTO & Co-Founder, Fortinet Koen Gijsbers, General Manager, NCI Agency Q: What did Fortinet “do” with NATO today? D: Fortinet took another important step in an effort to bolster the future of cybersecurity. We signed an agreement with NATO to boost two-way... [Read More]
by RSS John Welton  |  Feb 29, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
  In the security hardware world, NDPP CC certification is a big deal, especially for government and enterprise customers who require independent assurance that devices can meet critical standards for network protection. These are more than just letters or one more test that vendors can wave around in the race to claim their products are “the best” or “the most secure”. Let’s take a step back, though, and look at what CC certification really is and what it means to buyers and IT decision makers. “Common... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jul 22, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Internet cheating site, Ashley Madison, is making headlines this week across both mainstream and tech media for the data breach that could expose very intimate personal information for 37 million users. As with the AdultFriendFinder hack we reported on back in May, the potential damage to clients is significant. After all, Ashley Madison's slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair." A hacking group known as The Impact Team also stole data from Ashley Madison's sister sites Cougar Life and Established Men. The group is threatening... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jul 20, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
As if security advocates didn't have enough headaches, there is a frightening trend of security arguments that sound like they're meaningful but are in reality protecting something that isn't a threat and that users don't care about. It's like a home security company sales rep pushing an anti-burglary system in a high-crime neighborhood. The system, however, only protects against chimney attacks, despite the fact that no such attacks have ever hit that community (or any community for that matter). A few weeks ago, the Lords... [Read More]
by RSS Evan Schuman  |  May 20, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News