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FireEye and ForeScout enter strategic partnership

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 2 Mar 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

FireEye and ForeScout Technologies have entered into a strategic partnership with the aim of combining advanced threat detection with agentless device visibility for better threat response.

 The collaboration is designed to give joint customers broad agentless visibility into their networks, along with FireEye technology, intelligence and expertise, to close the gap between detecting and responding to a cyber threat.

 Addressing the challenges of today’s distributed enterprise requires a holistic and consolidated approach to securing all devices, according to the companies. ForeScout and FireEye deliver on this need by providing customers actionable intelligence and visibility from across their enterprise network.

On top of this, with the combined ForeScout agentless visibility approach and FireEye endpoint security capabilities, customers can isolate endpoints that have a high probability of being compromised and initiate defensive responses.

ForeScout and FireEye already have a number of customers successfully using the combined solution of ForeScout agentless visibility, control and automation with FireEye network security. Furthermore, the partnership will expand to include ForeScout integrations with FireEye email protection, endpoint, and cloud-based analytics platform. 

According to the duo there is high demand for a solution such as this, as the cybersecurity attack surface is growing due to the increasing number of IoT devices connecting into the enterprise and the networks of industrial control systems.

In fact, IDC predicts that 90% of all IT networks will have an IoT-based security breach by December 2016.

To minimise the attack surface, agentless visibility is used to discover and classify IoT devices. The ForeScout-FireEye partnership directly tackles this problem with a cybersecurity solution that monitors the network for unknown devices, segments them, and deploys system-wide responses to defend against advanced threats, according to a statement.

“With an increasing number of IoT devices connecting into both the enterprise as well as critical infrastructure providers, security teams need complete visibility into their networks and the capability to quickly detect and shut down a compromised device,” says David DeWalt, FireEye chairman of the board and CEO.

“The ForeScout-FireEye partnership will enable visibility and situational awareness across connected devices and help keep the Internet of Things from becoming a cybersecurity nightmare,” he says. 

“The current siloed approach to security simply does not work,” says Michael DeCesare, ForeScout CEO and president.

“This partnership is a great example of how security companies can work together to automate response to threats that we are battling every day in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).” 

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