Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, using tools such as machine learning and AI to take advantage of the expanding attack surface and bypass traditional safeguards. Faced with endless alerts and a flood of data being collected from endpoints, network and IoT devices, cloud environments, and other areas, organizations are struggling to keep pace, let alone stay ahead of threats. Going the “last mile” to make threat intelligence actionable typically involves human interaction, where it doesn’t necessarily need to. This means that intelligence is sometimes not applied to security controls as quickly as it could be when cybercriminals are moving at an even faster pace, exposing further risk in systems.
Some of the fundamentals of cybersecurity still apply today as they did years ago, hygiene and training for example, but what I have seen in recent years is an increase in sophistication from cybercriminals. Attackers are starting off with enumeration techniques, attempting to establish persistence, escalating privileges, and injecting additional systems within an organization as their basic attack.
FortiGuard Labs, the global threat intelligence and research team of Fortinet, has brought together some of the most knowledgeable threat hunters, researchers, analysts, tool developers, and data scientists in the industry, located in research labs around the world. But that’s just the start. FortiGuard Labs has been around for two decades building a unique network of threat intelligence which is key to following real time movements of attackers, across the entire attack surface worldwide. Over the past decade, FortiGuard Labs has also designed, trained, and delivered one of the most advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning platforms in the industry to augment the efforts of the FortiGuard Labs team. Combined, our primary mission is to provide Fortinet customers with the industry’s best threat intelligence designed to protect them from malicious cyber-attacks.
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