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Wednesday, 25 May 2022 02:11

Forescout offers free Frontline service to help under-resourced organisations battle threats

Forescout vice president of threat defence Shawn Taylor Forescout vice president of threat defence Shawn Taylor

Automated cybersecurity specialist Forescout Technologies has introduced Forescout Frontline, a threat hunting service for organisations that lack the internal resources and visibility to defend themselves from cybersecurity attacks.

"Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise. Simultaneously, cybersecurity teams are perennially understaffed and under resourced. This has created a perfect storm," said Forescout vice president of threat defence Shawn Taylor.

"Organisations are under immense pressure to cope with the scale and speed of attacks and the havoc caused by the adversaries. Forescout is launching this new service to help organisations defend against attacks by providing a complete and holistic view of their assets."

Part of the problem is that organisations may use multiple security tools across multiple teams, resulting in siloed views of the state of IT, IoT, IoMT (internet of medical things) or OT assets – even though such assets may be interconnected.

The threat hunting and risk identification service is delivered by Forescout Frontline analysts to help discover, validate and prioritise cyber threats and vulnerabilities across all assets; to analyse the context and risk associated with all findings; and then develop effective risk mitigation and remediation strategies.

An agency of the US state of Florida engaged Forescout Frontline to understand each instance of Log4j across its 220 sites after a zero-day vulnerability in the popular Java logging framework was revealed.

Forescout Frontline took a day and a half to delivered insights into thousands of assets, revealing exposure to Log4j and PrintNightmare, plus hundreds of critical vulnerabilities in switches and routers were found.

It also delivered actionable intelligence concerning critical risks in embedded IoT devices.

"When Log4J broke, we knew it was a critical issue, but we lacked a full picture of the risk within our extended enterprise. The [Forescout threat hunting] report was way more thorough than I expected, with in-depth information and actionable intelligence. Not just on Log4j but on other critical vulnerabilities as well, and not just in general terms but exactly where they exist in our environment," said the agency's information security manager.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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