"The addition of Mark Robson to the FortiGuard team is a significant coup for the organisation. We were looking for someone to fill this newly created role and the bar was extremely high," said FortiGuard Labs ANZ director of threat intelligence Glenn Maiden.
"Finding the right person with high end capabilities to execute this role properly was challenging. To secure the talents of someone of his calibre and experience is a giant win for our team and for our customers. We're looking forward to showing our customers significant benefits from this expanded capability."
Robson joins FortiGuard after spending a decade in the Royal Australian Air Force.
After studying electrical engineering, he eventually specialised in cybersecurity and served as a cyber warfare officer.
In that role he led vulnerability assessments in both the deployed and domestic environments, and worked as part of the RAAF incident response team investigating intrusions into RAAF standalone systems.
Robson was the officer in charge of the RAAF's threat hunting team, and worked alongside Five Eyes partners to develop and share threat hunting tactics, techniques and procedures in support of global defensive cyber operations.
"The FortiGuard team is technically exceptional, so I'm looking forward to working as part of the team," said Robson.
"I'll be looking to bring my experience, skills and training in kill chain analysis, hypothesis development, and tactics, techniques and procedures driven hunt to the team.
"Applying these military concepts to enterprise security will help FortiGuard's customers get ahead of and respond faster and more effectively to threats."