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Thursday, 25 March 2021 08:00

Bitdefender and Recorded Future: New partnership will 'enhance threat detection capabilities through shared intelligence'

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BitDefender and Recorded Future say the promise of "contextualised security intelligence" will drive "superior cybersecurity decision making and operational efficiency for enterprises and managed security service providers", so what are the details?

Bitdefender. It's one of the world's well known cybersecurity company that protects hundreds of millions of endpoints and systems worldwide, and the company has just announced "a threat intelligence sharing partnership with Recorded Future."

Recorded Future bills itself as "the world’s largest provider of intelligence for enterprise security," with partnership said to "enhance both companies’ breadth and depth of threat intelligence to provide customers with increased visibility at the apex domain level (the top-level domain) and actionable insights to eliminate cyberthreats from environments."

Of course, in an era of endless hack attacks, zero-day exploits, ransomware and more, all security companies need an edge to combat cyber crime, and the customers of both companies and the companies themselves will be the beneficiaries, and with advanced persistent threats and worse not just from cyber criminals, but nation states, such partnerships are welcome news.

Craig Adams, the chief of product and engineering at Recorded Future said: “Our unmatched, single source of truth for security intelligence is invaluable to our clients as they work to combat daily cyber threats.

“Enhancing our platform with threat intelligence from Bitdefender bolsters our endpoint data collection and further empowers our clients to accurately detect and assess threats. This partnership has already proved vital to our customers by magnifying visibility into current malicious campaigns.”

So, how will the companies work together?

We’re told that “Recorded Future incorporates threat intelligence from Bitdefender feeds containing domain and URL reputation data into the Recorded Future Security Intelligence Platform.

“Recorded Future’s enterprise, managed security services provider (MSSP) and security operations center (SOC) customers will benefit from heightened visibility into the evolving threat landscape.

“This will enable them to validate threats to make faster and more informed security risk management decisions by tying specific cyberthreats to potential impact on operations. Bitdefender customers will benefit from Recorded Future’s open source, dark web, technical sources and human analytics to enhance threat detection accuracy and validity.”

While many organisations recognise the importance of threat intelligence, we’re reminded that “most do not have access to actionable data.”

In a January 2021 report titled: “How To Integrate Threat Intelligence Into Your Security Program”, Forrester Senior Analyst Brian Kime wrote “Good threat intelligence possesses all the necessary parts to provide the consumer what they need to take an appropriate action to reduce risk.”

Steve Kelley, president and GM of the Bitdefender Business Solutions Group said: “Access to actionable threat intelligence is highly critical in today’s cybersecurity environment as ransomware, drive-by download attacks and phishing campaigns put organisations at severe risk of malware infiltration and security breaches.

“Bitdefender’s extensive global knowledge of real time cybercriminal activity is second to none. This collaboration with Recorded Future will provide better protection against emerging threats for organisations looking to improve their security posture and to become more cyber resilient against advanced attacks.”

Bitdefender reminds us that its threat intelligence is powered by the Bitdefender Global Protective Network (GPN), “an extensive network of hundreds of millions of sensors continuously collecting endpoint threat data worldwide.

“Bitdefender Labs, an elite team of security practitioners, correlates GPN data against known indicators of compromise (IOCs), malware, malicious domains and URLs and performs deep analysis to discover unknown threats.”

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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