Governance & Risk Management , Insider Threat , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

New Playbooks for Cyber Defense

Fortinet's Manky and Giandomenico on the Value of Mapping the Adversaries' Moves
New Playbooks for Cyber Defense
Derek Manky and Tony Giandomenico of Fortinet

Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs global threat research team is creating research playbooks that provide deep-dive analysis of not only threat trends, but also cybercriminal and adversary tools and techniques. Derek Manky and Tony Giandomenico discuss the playbook model and how it can help in the fight against cybercrime.

"Fast. Agile. Complex." These are the three words that best describe the threat landscape, says Manky, chief, security insights & global threat alliances at Fortinet. That's why Fortinet developed these new deep analysis playbooks.

And the value of the playbooks is that they track trends and techniques in both a common language and framework. "Now we can start to tell the story better," says Giandomenico, senior security strategist. "We're speaking a common language, which everyone can understand ..."

In an interview about Fortinet's new playbooks, Manky and Giandomenico discuss:

  • The latest threat trends, tactics;
  • Genesis of these new playbooks;
  • How to maximize the benefits of this concentrated research.

Manky is chief of security insights and global threat alliances at Fortinet. He has more than 15 years of experience in cybersecurity, including meeting with political figures and policy stakeholders globally, including law enforcement. He is involved with several global threat intelligence initiatives, including NATO NICP, INTERPOL Expert Working Group, the Cyber Threat Alliance and the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams. Manky has been with the CTA since it was founded in May 2014 and serves on its steering committee.

Giandomenico is senior security strategist at Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs, focusing on vulnerability management. For more than 18 years, he has taken a practical approach to network security, delivering knowledge, tools and methodologies that demonstrate advanced threat concepts and holistic network defense strategies. He also works on threat collaboration projects between security operation center teams across multiple verticals. Giandomenico has presented, trained and mentored on various security concepts and strategies at many conferences, trade shows and media outlets.

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