Home / News / Fortinet’s Bob Fortna on Three Federal Cyber Threat Trends to Watch

Fortinet’s Bob Fortna on Three Federal Cyber Threat Trends to Watch

Jeff Brody
Bob Fortna

Bob Fortna, president of Fortinet’s (Nasdaq: FTNT) federal business, wrote in a Nextgov article published Friday that federal agencies should consider three cybersecurity threat trends and one is the tendency of threats to share public infrastructure.

To address the threat, he called on information technology teams at agencies to “proactively” monitor or block traffic flowing to or from common public infrastructure.

Ransomware’s use of a more targeted approach is another trend agencies should bear in mind. IT teams at federal agencies should teach personnel how to detect phishing emails and other ransomware entryways and perform data restoration exercises and data backups.

Fortna cited the use of the “live off the land” strategy by adversaries as the third important trend agencies should keep in mind. IT teams should identify which tools are operating within the network and implement intent-based segmentation and trust policies to counter the strategy.

He also urged agencies to use the latest threat intelligence data to help mitigate cyber threats.

Check Also

NGA Deputy Director Stacey Dixon Receives 2020 Wash100 Award From Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic

Jim Garrettson, found and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Dr. Stacey Dixon, deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), her first Wash100 Award as a part of the 2020 selection on Wednesday

Teresa Carlson, AWS Worldwide Public Sector VP, Named to 2020 Wash100 for Cloud Innovation, Business Expansion and New Educational Platforms

Executive Mosaic is honored to present Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector business at Amazon Web Services, as an inductee into the 2020 edition of the Wash100 Award for driving cloud innovation, expanding AWS' influence and advocating for cloud computing education within Virginia schools.