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Join Fortinet at Black Hat USA 2018 in Las Vegas

By Fortinet | July 30, 2018

As today’s threat landscape continues to grow increasingly complex, and the current cybersecurity skills shortage impacts security teams across all industries, businesses and organizations find themselves struggling to keep up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity capabilities and threat landscape awareness. With this in mind, the Black Hat USA 2018 event provides modern threat briefings and cybersecurity training in order to help attendees understand and combat today’s most sophisticated cyber threats.

Now in its 22nd year, Black Hat is the world’s leading information security event for discovering the latest in research, development and trends. And this year, Black Hat is expecting more than 17,000 attendees from 75 countries, bringing together industry leaders from across the information security community to share information, collaborate, and move the attack needle away from cybercriminals.

Fortinet at Black Hat

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the very latest in cybersecurity solutions designed to effectively combat modern cyberattacks across the threat landscape, Fortinet is proud to be attending this year’s Black Hat event as a Platinum Plus Sponsor. We will be providing a variety of resources and learning opportunities for attendees at the Fortinet exhibition booth in the Shoreline ballroom on August 8th and 9th.

This year’s booth (#828), includes a live theater with presentations from our top cybersecurity solutions experts, threat researchers, and Fabric-Ready Partners. In addition, we will be providing a variety of hands-on experiences for attendees showcasing Fortinet’s award-winning solutions, including:

Live Demo Stations: During the course of the 2-day Black Hat event, we will be providing live demonstrations on a range of Fortinet cybersecurity solutions—including our market-leading Security Fabric solution, the latest threat research from FortiGuard Labs, and advanced IoT security to address one of the most challenging issues organizations are facing today.  

Security Experts Bar: Attendees are also invited to drop by to discuss your most difficult cybersecurity challenges with some of the industry’s top security experts at our Network Security Experts (NSE) Bar.

Learn About the Threat of Self-Organized Botnet Swarms

Additionally, Fortinet’s Global Security Strategist, Derek Manky, will be speaking to attendees on Thursday, August 9th at 2:30 p.m. in Business Hall Theater A. He will be leading a session on the increased need for trust, transparency, and action amid the rising threat of self-organized botnet swarms, one of the most troubling threats on the security horizon.

The global economy runs on technology that brings both unprecedented opportunities and unparalleled risk. The “big data bang” has resulted in an explosion of new network-connected devices—from 2 billion in 2006 to an estimated 200 billion by 2020. When combined with today’s hyper-connected digital environment we find ourselves with an ever-widening threat landscape that’s increasingly difficult to secure. To make matters worse, cybercriminals are now leveraging automation and AI capabilities to further boost their chances of successful attacks.

One of the most alarming trends that Fortinet’s global research teams have been tracking, cybercriminals are beginning to use that technology to create and deploy self-learning botnet swarms. By replacing traditional botnets with intelligent clusters of compromised devices, cybercriminals are creating more effective attack vectors from which they can exploit network vulnerabilities. These modern swarmbots can now identify and target multiple attack vectors network-wide simultaneously, and then apply machine learning combined with real-time intelligence sharing to quickly uncover and exploit vulnerabilities.

According to our recent Global Threat Landscape Report, 5% of botnet infections manage to persist within a network for more than a week even after active efforts to remove them have been applied. Given the sophistication of self-organized botnet swarms, the longer an attack manages to remain in-network, the greater the chance of it successfully identifying unique network vulnerabilities to be exploited and resources to mine, steal, and destroy.

Securing Networks Against Today’s Modern Cyberthreats

In order to properly secure their networks against botnet swarms and the other advanced cybersecurity threats targeting the cyber landscape, IT personnel and their solutions need to be able to detect, adapt, and respond at digital speeds—not just at a single point of attack, but simultaneously across the entire distributed attack surface. Only by integrating advanced security solutions that can see and address modern cyberthreats at machine speeds into a unified security framework can network defenses effectively keep up with and counter modern cybercriminal capabilities.

It’s especially important that the following cybersecurity best practices be considered as organizations work toward more establishing and maintaining an effective security posture:

Secure IoT Endpoints: As the number of devices connecting to a network increases, cybercriminals have more potential entryways into the network than ever before. Subsequently, these endpoints need to be properly secured and segmented to ensure the impact of a successful attack is mitigated as much as possible.

Implement a Security Fabric: By consolidating the variety of security solutions deployed across the network into an integrated and automated Security Fabric, IT personnel gain the ability to coordinate their security efforts across the threat landscape, providing a single-pane-of-glass view into their security posture and threat defense and the ability to automatically orchestrate a layered response.

Automate Threat Intelligence and Analysis: In order to maintain effective security posture, cybersecurity personnel need to be able to conduct threat analysis, employ advanced detection and protection, and deliver unified threat response at speeds that can thwart the abilities of modern cybercriminals. With this in mind, it’s crucial that, at a minimum, threat intelligence efforts leverage the same automation and AI that modern cybercriminals are incorporating into their attack capabilities.

Final Thoughts

Fortinet is proudly attending the 22nd annual Black Hat USA Information Security Event as a Platinum Plus Sponsor. Join us and other leaders throughout the information security community for the latest in threat research, development, and training.

What: 2018 Black Hat Information Security Event  

Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

When:  August 4-9, 2018