Thursday, 08 April 2021 15:06

FortiGuard hires ex-RAAF threat hunter Robson


Security provider Fortinet's FortiGuard threat research and response operation arm has hired Mark Robson as senior tactical threat analyst in the FortiResponder managed detection and response team.

"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."

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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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