Fortinet acquires ZoneFox in bid to combat insider threats

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Fortinet has announced the acquisition of cloud-based threat analytics startup ZoneFox, in a deal the cybersecurity giant says will allow businesses to better protect themselves against insider threats.

ZoneFox’s security systems incorporate machine learning-based threat-hunting technology, providing businesses with greater end-point protection as well as rapid insights into user behaviour and data flow.

The platform’s unique cloud-based architecture records essential data around five “core” factors – users, devices, resources, processes and behaviour – to deliver all-round protection from both malicious and accidental threats.

Fortinet says the acquisition of ZoneFox will further enhance the Fortinet Security Fabric and help deliver deeper end-point visibility, uncover system blind spots, alert users to any suspicious activities, as well as provide a full forensic timeline of information for a faster response to threats.

“By combining ZoneFox’s cloud-based threat-hunting technology with Fortinet’s existing endpoint and SIEM security offerings, we are well positioned to provide our customers with an integrated approach to defend against insider threats, eliminate network blind spots and protect today's expanding attack surface with automation and machine learning,” said Ken Xie, founder, chairman and CEO of Fortinet.

The system also boasts a zero-configuration agent that is fast and simple to deploy, whilst also being able to scale up to support more than 10,000 agents without impacting on performance. There’s also out-of-the-box support for GDPR, ISO 27001, HIPAA and PCI DSS.

“We’re pleased to join the Fortinet team and bring together our shared vision of alleviating CISO concerns about insider threats,” said Dr Jamie Graves, founder and CEO of ZoneFox.

“Integrating our solution with the Fortinet Security Fabric will allow us to extend our reach to a broad spectrum of Fortinet and third-party solutions to solve customers’ most difficult challenges in network security.”

Daniel Todd

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