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As I wrote previously, there is an increasing interest by a wide range of organizations to acquire access to external threat intelligence or feeds.  While this is potentially a good thing, it needs to be seen within the context of what an organization can actually do with such information once acquired.  There are a number of challenges organizations need to address to make effective use of threat intelligence data. One major challenge is simply working around existing internal separations of roles or responsibilities (i.e. the network... [Read More]
by RSS Ken McAlpine  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This week’s FortiGuard Threat Intelligence Brief reports on a spike in an Android advertising library, a fake series of banking sites used to phish credentials, as well as a campaign using the old faithful “we couldn’t deliver your package” courier scam. While hackers weren’t quite as active as they were over the past couple of weeks, our top five identified malware variants still generated over 3 million attack attempts. Grab the latest Security Brief here for more details (add link to subscription site.) 1.... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This is our third week of the roundup, and things in the cyberthreat world continue to be interesting, including the return of several attacks we have seen for years. Here’s a quick summary of what happened this week. 1. It’s Still About Ransomware. While last week’s spike seems to have calmed down, we are still seeing an alarming amount of ransomware. This week our top 10 detections were all Javascript-based variants of Nemucod, with nearly 7 million attempts logged. It seems like attackers are producing a new Nemucod variant... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Sep 09, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
August ended with the spike in malware activity we predicted last week to welcome everyone back to school and work. Here is a summary of this week’s FortiGuard Threat Intelligence Brief. 1. Ransomware explodes. Ransomware took off this week, filling nine of our weekly top-ten malware detection list slots. Not only that, but while last week our top five detections list amounted to about 2.5 million attempted ransomware infections, this week the top five totaled over 15.5 million ransomware attempts. That more than a 6X increase in a single... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Sep 02, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The RSA Conference: Asia Pacific & Japan 2016 concluded last July 22nd in the majestic Marina Bay Sands hotel here in Singapore. Traditionally, my team helps in the Fortinet exhibit booth to assist with FortiGuard-related inquiries. However this time, I was lucky to have been granted a full conference pass so I got access to the presentations, free snacks, free lunch, and more importantly, free desserts. While I would love to talk more about the desserts, there were many great talks at RSA this year that were enlightening in terms of where... [Read More]
by RSS Roland Dela Paz  |  Aug 04, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Sandbox technology and the ongoing effort to defend and protect against cyber threats continues. Independent testing offers organizations valuable insight into what solutions are best for their use case. Below we discuss this maturing technology and the role of testing with Fortinet’s David Finger. I saw the announcement from NSS Labs about their recent Breach Detection Group Test results. What is the significance? Cyberattacks and breaches continue to be top of mind across organizations, and because of that, sandbox technology (or Breach... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs cybersecurity threat report takes a look at the nature of attacks – how attackers get in, how they manage to persist inside networks, what they want, and who they are. It also provides insight into three key areas of concern that our FortiGuard Labs team has identified, and they bear reviewing here. 2016 Rio Olympics: Cyberattacks during the Olympic games are not new. We have seen a spike of attacks focused on the Olympics – including targeting vendors and spectators – beginning as far back as the... [Read More]
by RSS Ladi Adefala  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
In my last blog post, we walked through, at a high level, who the various threat actors are, and looked at a blended attack chain to get an idea of how “bad guys” are stealing data or causing disruption.  (https://blog.fortinet.com/post/threat-intelligence-understanding-your-threat-actors-101-part-1-of-3) As a quick reminder, we also discussed the seven phases of the attack chain: reconnaissance, weaponization, delivery, exploit, command and control, internal reconnaissance, and maintaining. In this blog I’ll focus on how... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  May 17, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This week Fortinet announced even more advances to our award-winning, ICSA-certified Advanced Threat Protection solution – because, apparently, awesome simply wasn’t good enough. What is Advanced Threat Protection? The unprecedented growth of devices, users, applications, transactions, and services passing through the increasingly distributed corporate infrastructure is transforming networks. And much of this data is highly prized by the cybercriminal community as it often includes confidential and sensitive information, customer... [Read More]
by RSS David Finger  |  Apr 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
I don’t think a day goes by without hearing about another company that was a victim of a data breach.  These companies are not small either.  Organizations like the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United Airlines and many others have all lost very sensitive data.  Despite significant investments in the latest next-generation technologies, software defined networks, virtualized data centers, and new detection and alerting capabilities for anomalous traffic we still seem to be losing the... [Read More]
by RSS Anthony Giandomenico  |  Apr 08, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends