Network Threat Detection
Flashpoint | December 11, 2023
Flashpoint, the leader in high-fidelity threat intelligence and data-driven insights, and Scale AI, whose proprietary data engine powers the most advanced large language, generative, and computer vision models with high-quality data, announced today a groundbreaking partnership that unites Donovan, Scale’s AI-powered decision-making platform, with Flashpoint's pioneering open-source intelligence. This strategic alliance promises to advance intelligence and security operations for government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, substantially enhancing their ability to tackle complex global security challenges with advanced threat detection and in-depth analysis.
“Merging Scale’s advanced AI technology with Flashpoint's unparalleled intelligence and data isn't just about setting a new industry standard; it's about revolutionizing how government agencies manage national security challenges in today's digital landscape," said Andrew Makridis, the former COO of the Central Intelligence Agency who serves on the advisory boards of both Scale and Flashpoint National Security Solutions (FNSS), a dedicated Flashpoint business unit that serves the unique needs of national security organizations. "This partnership will enable agencies to quickly adapt to emerging threats and leverage data-driven insights for strategic operations.”
"Flashpoint's collaboration with Scale AI represents a significant expansion of our capabilities in national security intelligence," said Flashpoint CEO Josh Lefkowitz. "Our tailored, actionable intelligence perfectly complements Scale’s AI technology, enhancing our ability to help organizations in the public sector identify and address evolving security challenges effectively."
“Our partnership with Flashpoint is a game-changer. Through our Donovan LLM platform, we are helping analysts in the cyber and infrastructure security domain take advantage of the data trove Flashpoint delivers. We are enhancing decision-making and security frameworks for our government clients," said John Brennan, General Manager of Scale AI’s Public Sector business unit. "We chose Flashpoint for their unparalleled cyber intelligence depth and actionability, a cornerstone in our joint efforts to fortify national and homeland security through artificial intelligence."
Flashpoint will discuss the advanced capabilities from our partnership with Scale AI at booth #1937 during 2023 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in Portland, Oregon, starting December 12. Visit our booth to learn about how this partnership will equip national security teams with the essential data, intelligence, and insights needed for mission success.
Flashpoint National Security Solutions (FNSS)
FNSS is a dedicated Flashpoint business unit that serves the unique needs of national security organizations. FNSS partners with teams across defense, federal law enforcement, federal civilian agencies, state and local government, and the intelligence community, to enhance global situational awareness and drive mission success through industry-leading technology and intelligence expertise.
Trusted by governments, commercial enterprises, and educational institutions worldwide, Flashpoint helps organizations protect their most critical assets, infrastructure, and stakeholders from security risks. Leading security practitioners—including physical and corporate security, cyber threat intelligence (CTI), fraud, vulnerability management, national security, and vendor risk management teams—rely on Flashpoint’s Ignite platform and its team of intelligence analysts to proactively identify and mitigate risk and stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape. Discover more at flashpoint.io or join the conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
Scale unlocks AI for every industry. Our proprietary data engine powers the most advanced large language, generative, and computer vision models with high-quality data. Our experience partnering with leading AI companies allows us to provide the blueprint for any organization to apply AI. Scale is trusted by industry leaders including Meta, Microsoft, U.S. Army, DoD's Defense Innovation Unit, Open AI, Cohere, Anthropic, Stability AI, General Motors, Toyota Research Institute, Brex, Instacart and Flexport.
Fortinet | December 19, 2023
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced the latest release of new, integrated operational technology (OT) security solutions and services. These additions further distance Fortinet’s industry-leading OT Security Platform from the rest of the market.
“We understand that OT differs significantly from traditional IT systems, and that’s why our OT Security Platform was purpose-built to provide integrated protection and risk management specific to industrial environments,” said John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet. “Rising attacks on critical infrastructure have made OT security more important than ever before. With today’s news, Fortinet continues to empower customers with the most sophisticated OT solutions and intelligence in the industry.”
The Need for Integrated OT-Specific Security
The number of industrial devices connected beyond their network boundaries is rapidly increasing, and CISOs now face skyrocketing risks across their OT environments. In fact, Fortinet found that three-fourths of OT organizations reported at least one intrusion in the last year, and nearly one-third reported being victims of a ransomware attack. To solve this challenge, organizations need an integrated security approach designed specifically for industrial solutions that enables policy enforcement across the entire attack surface, consolidates point products, and reduces operational overhead.
Bolstering the Fortinet OT Security Platform with New and Enhanced Offerings
The Fortinet OT Security Platform is an integrated portfolio of cybersecurity products, solutions, and security services designed specifically for industrial networks and powered by real-time OT threat intelligence. Because the OT Security Platform is a part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, it empowers customers with deep visibility across their entire environment and securely facilitates IT/OT convergence. The platform also gives organizations the ability to implement a zero-trust model within OT environments, including secure remote access to OT assets and systems for remote employees and contractors.
OT Security Platform updates announced today, which build on improvements unveiled earlier this year, span two key pillars of the Security Fabric:
Secure Networking for OT
The new FortiSwitch Rugged 424F is an industrial-class ethernet switch (IES) designed to address the requirements of digital substations and the power utility industry. The switch supports real-time OT networking protocols and integrates with FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) for comprehensive security and access control.
The new FortiAP 432F access point meets Class 1, Division 2 requirements for use in hazardous OT environments. It can segment industrial Wi-Fi networks to prevent attacks from spreading across unprotected devices and systems. This expansion of the IP67-rated access-point line now enables the deployment of additional OT applications in industries such as oil and gas.
The new FortiExtender Vehicle 211F wireless gateway is a semi-ruggedized mobility solution for connected fleets, mobile systems, and OT deployments. It was also designed to meet the requirements of the AT&T FirstNet wireless communications network for first responders.
FortiOS, Fortinet’s operating system, has been updated with the OT View dashboard, which correlates and displays important OT data. This dashboard makes it easy for organizations to understand their entire attack surface—both IT and OT—and take action from a single console.
Security Operations and Services for OT
FortiAnalyzer now includes OT-specific analytics, risk, and compliance reports, providing security operations teams with faster threat detection, asset and vulnerability correlation, and reporting.
FortiNDR, which supports on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployments, can now analyze more than 15 different OT-network protocols. It also includes AI-powered OT-network behavior analysis to identify malicious network activity and files.
FortiDeceptor, Fortinet’s deception technology for early breach and attack isolation, now supports 30 OT protocols and additional OT decoys to protect diverse industrial environments.
The FortiGuard OT Security Service boasts the industry’s deepest OT threat intelligence database and now covers more than 70 OT protocols and more than 4,000 OT application and device vulnerability signatures. These signatures enable strict access control policies on network traffic and provide virtual patching for vulnerable OT assets.
FortiGuard Outbreak Alerts, an industry-leading cybersecurity resource, now includes critical information about OT-specific threats. This empowers customers with the information they need to harden their systems against new and emerging attacks following the NIST Cyber Security Framework.
"IT and OT are converging and these colliding environments are increasing overall risk. Our clients require robust OT solutions and services without extensive deployments that complicate administration and place additional strain on IT and security teams. Through the Fortinet OT Security Platform, we can provide clients with a unified approach of safeguarding both the carpeted side of a business as well as the concrete side of the business. We eagerly anticipate introducing these updated and novel offerings to our customer community." – Dan Sanderson, VP of Strategy, Cyber Advisors
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet's solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organization, develops and utilizes leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, and FortiGuard Labs.
Picus Security | December 12, 2023
Picus Security, the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS), today announced the Picus Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Partner Program. Picus has a long-standing 100% channel approach and works closely with MSSPs to deliver security validation services that quantify risk and reduce threat exposure. Now, it's easier than ever for MSSPs and their customers to get started with security validation to measure the effectiveness of security controls with real-world attack simulations and then scale up testing programs to perform validation checks consistently.
The new Picus MSSP Program provides the flexibility MSSPs need to introduce automated validation services and generate new recurring revenues quickly. Designed for customers of varying levels of cyber maturity, the program features interval-based and continuous licensing options. With interval-based licensing, MSSPs can purchase credits that allow an entry cadence for validation assessments. Then, once customers are ready to advance their security program maturity and increase the frequency of assessments they can easily switch to a continuous licensing model. The program means MSSPs can help customers to 'crawl,' 'walk,' and then 'run' with validation.
"With this new MSSP program, it's never been simpler for managed service providers to get the consistent and accurate validation insights needed to improve security outcomes for clients," said Ryan Kunker, Picus Security, Senior Director of Channels and Alliances. "By shining a light on security effectiveness in areas such as security control validation, automated security validation presents an enormous opportunity for MSSPs to improve security outcomes for clients and identify new upsell opportunities."
Security validation powered by BAS is a core pillar of Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM). It helps security teams to understand if security controls provide the coverage needed to defend organizations against the latest threats, including ransomware and Advanced Persistent Threats. Gartner estimates that security services providers that adopt cybersecurity validation assessments will see an improvement of over 5% in their acquisition, retention and upsell rates.*
"We are constantly looking for new ways to provide real actionable value to our clients," said Perry Schumacher, Chief Strategy Officer at Ridge IT. "We evaluated Picus in our cyber range against our best practice configurations and it showed us opportunities to improve beyond today's best tools and practices. The Picus platform helps us provide better security for our clients by increasing our effectiveness. Our clients who purchase Picus begin a continuous improvement journey for their cyber security and are always in a cyber-ready state."
In addition to real-world threat simulation, the Picus platform also offers asset and vulnerability discovery, attack path mapping, detection engineering as code, and AI-based threat profiling - capabilities that help MSSPs to manage customers' threat exposure even more efficiently. To enable MSSPs to validate the security of multiple clients simultaneously, the platform also offers a multi-tenant portal.
"Now more than ever, every dollar spent in the security budget must be carefully weighed on merit and returned value," said Darren Humphries, Acora Group CISO and MSSP Cyber Portfolio CTO. "For strengthening the security of our own company portfolio and that of our customers, Picus is a key tool that helps us measure the efficacy of the protective security tools we use as well as our detective SOC and SIEM capabilities. Picus is a true force multiplier."
About Picus Security
Picus Security helps security teams consistently and accurately validate their security posture. Our Security Validation Platform simulates real-world threats to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls, identify high-risk attack paths to critical assets, and optimize threat prevention and detection capabilities.
As the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation, we specialize in delivering the actionable insights our customers need to be threat-centric and proactive.
Picus has been named a 'Cool Vendor' by Gartner and is recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a leader in the Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) market.