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Educational institutions have become regular targets for cybercriminals. In fact, the education sector accounted for 13 percent of data breaches in the first half of 2017, resulting in the compromise of around 32 million records. One of the top reasons that schools are targeted is the diverse data they store on students and staff, including personally identifiable information (PII), healthcare information, and financial information. These records can then be sold on the dark web to be used for purposes of identity theft and fraud. As educational... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Dec 13, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
The transition to hyperconnected networks, such as smart cities and connected utility services, is driving the convergence of IT, OT, and IoT networks. To successfully defend these integrated networks, organizations need an architecture that scales across the entire infrastructure to provide unified visibility and control, distributed segmentation, and integrated protection. [Read More]
by RSS John Maddison  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
So, how much should a company invest in the cybersecurity of their OT systems and what is the appropriate level of cybersecurity required for them? [Read More]
by RSS Ronald J. Hebert, Jr, Michelle Balderson  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Not long after a new strain of the Akuma malware was discovered targeting ZyXEL devices with a new series of login/password attacks, FortiGuard Labs last week also began detecting strange scanning activities on uncommon TCP ports 52869 and 37215. We and other threat research teams quickly began to suspect that these were tied together, and that there was a new botnet out there. [Read More]
by RSS David Maciejak  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Fortinet is not standing still in the face of the rapidly changing threat environment. Recently, we added some significant new technologies to the latest iteration of FortiClient, our endpoint protection product. For example, FortiClient now includes an Anti-Exploit Engine that delivers a next-generation approach to endpoint protection. It also includes auto-patching capabilities that streamline patch management for known vulnerabilities. Automation of patching drives efficiencies while enabling organizations to address vulnerabilities faster. [Read More]
by RSS Damien Lim  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
On December 7, 2017 Fortinet officially broke ground on our new threat intelligence and research and development campus located next to our existing facilities in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. [Read More]
by RSS Julian Kanarek  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
At the end of the day, complying with GDPR may very well simply turn out to be the right thing to do to protect the privacy and interests of all of an organization’s stakeholder communities. As a society, we simply can’t go on shrugging off data breaches that harm millions of people, often on multiple occasions in their lifetime. [Read More]
by RSS Patrick Grillo  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
FortiGuards Labs has spotted a new phishing campaign that targets bitcoin investors by offering Gunbot, a relatively new bitcoin trading bot application. However, instead of being a tool designed to ensure more profit, it serves an Orcus RAT malware that result in the loss of investments and more. [Read More]
by RSS Floser Bacurio and Joie Salvio  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
The entire security arms race between IT professionals and cybercriminals is really about one side constantly trying to outsmart the other. Security isn’t just about tools. It’s also about the intelligence that powers them. Which is why when we started Fortinet 16 years ago we were every bit as committed to developing security intelligence and research solutions that were as innovative as the technology we were developing. [Read More]
by RSS Michael Xie  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
Ph0wn, a CTF dedicated to smart devices, is over! It was a real success, with ~70 participants for this first editions. 16 teams of (a max of) 5 lined up for the competition. 11 teams managed to score in at least one challenge - we are sorry for the 5 remaining teams, but hope they had fun nevertheless. Of course, we congratulate the top 3 teams, who deserved their drone & raspberry pi gaming kits as prizes. We would also like to extend congratulations to all participants. We enjoyed the team spirit as well as... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research