Fortinet Signs Cyber Threat Information Sharing Agreement with IBM

20th August 2018 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |


Bangalore, India, August 20, 2018: Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a leading provider of broad, automated, and integrated cybersecurity solutions, has entered into an agreement with IBM Security for collaboration through bi-directional sharing of cyber threat information.

The goal of the Fortinet-IBM agreement is to proactively combat cyberthreats and threats to privacy globally through the sharing of contextual threat information generated by the Fortinet FortiGuard Labs threat research team and IBM Security’s X-Force research team.

As per the new deal, IBM Security and Fortinet will directly collaborate through bi-directional sharing of threat intelligenceusing secure channels.Joint threat information sharing will deliver deep security research expertise and global threat intelligence for increased protection for the customers of each company.

On the new partnership, Caleb Barlow, vice president threat intelligence, IBM Security, said, “By entering relationships with trusted partners like Fortinet, IBM is able to construct a clearer picture of the global threat landscape. Today, threat actors are highly skilled, organized, well-resourced and able to operate globally and swiftly. In order to defend effectively, we must operate with that same speed and develop informed, accurate counter-measures. The kind of collective defense we’ve formed with Fortinet helps IBM better protect clients and communities by equipping us with additional intelligence that enables us to respond to emerging threats more quickly, and more completely.”

Further, IBM Security and Fortinet global threat research teams monitor and analyze security threats from a variety of sources, providing valuable and near real-time threat intelligence. By integrating the threat intelligence feeds from each company, customers will now benefit from more thorough data being available.

“Every organization faces evolving cyber threats, an expanding attack surface, and a growing cybersecurity skills shortage. Actionable intelligence with global visibility is important to enable these organizations to move from being reactive to proactive, said Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet.

“You cannot protect or take action on what you cannot see, which is why threat information sharing between trustedindustry partnersis a vitalpart of helping businesses combat cyberthreats globally, ” added Maurya.

Ongoing Cooperation Between Fortinet and IBM
While the agreement formalizes the cooperation between Fortinet and IBM Security with regards to threat information sharing, both the companies have already been working together as far as comprehensive security protection is concerned.

Since 2017, IBM Security has been a Fortinet Fabric-Ready partner. Fortinet’s approach extends the broad visibility, integrated threat prevention, and automated response of its Security Fabric architecture through well-defined APIs to IBM for unified security management and security incident response.

Other than these, earlier this year, Fortinet had teamed up with with IBM on its IBM X-Force Threat Management Services. Working with IBM Security on X-Force Threat Management Services enables both organizations to further provide mutual customers with threat insight, attack detection and prevention, and an integrated defense-in-depth strategy designed to seamlessly span across an organization’s entire attack surface.

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