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Non competitive threat management

21 July, 2015
ForeScout executive explains how its expanding level of integration results in more democratic responses to increasing threat levels

At this year's InfoSecurity Europe event, ProSecurityZone met Jan Hof, the International Marketing Director responsible for the EMEA region at ForeScout to discuss the way the company is adapting to a constantly changing threat landscape.

Since 2000, ForeScout Technologies has been expanding on a path that has taken the company on a journey through the cyber-security threat landscape that has changed into something that is now unrecognisable compared to what it was 15 years ago. Most recently, some of the most forward thinking companies have taken on the cyber criminals in a modus operandi that reflects that of the hackers themselves - using a cooperative approach to solving cyber-problems.

This was an easy step for ForeScout to take, as Jan Hof explained, since the company has never had any particular axe to grind with the network vendors and so can take a cooperative approach without the fear of challenging competitiveness or showing bias to any one supplier over another.

A major step was taken in 2013 to deliver ControlFabric onto the market, providing an integration platform that enables suppliers of other security products to collaborate with the ForeScout CounterACT network access control product to provide a more holistic approach to security.

Since then, the number of integrations based on ControlFabric has blossomed, with many suppliers seeing the benefits of making use of integration. As Jan Hof told us, the IT environment is changing due to the number of different operating systems and endpoints which are out of IT control plus the internet of things (IoT), particularly in the increasingly connected healthcare sector. Such complexity can't be managed with the tools that were available on the market in the past.

The company is now focusing on vulnerability assessment vendors such as Tenable, Rapid7 and, most recently, Qualys to share threat knowledge in real time and engage in vulnerability assessment and advanced threat detection in such a way that the time to identify risks is reduced and the level of human intervention is reduced.

ForeScout's journey from its foundation to its current position can be found on the company's growth infographic

Jonathan Newell is a broadcast and technical journalist specialising in security systems and transport safety. He contributes to a range of titles in the technical press. He shares his time between the UK and Kazakhstan


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