Fortinet Announces AI-powered XDR for Fully Automated Threat Detection, Investigation, and Response

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced a new Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solution, FortiXDR, designed to reduce complexity, speed detection, and coordinate response to cyberattacks across the organization. FortiXDR is the only solution of its kind to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for the investigation effort critical to incident response. Expanding on the cloud-native endpoint platform of FortiEDR, it enhances an organization’s Security Fabric and the threat protection powered by FortiGuard Labs security services. Specifically, FortiXDR can fully automate security operations processes typically handled by experienced security analysts to mitigate threats faster across the broad attack surface.

John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet said, “Cybercriminals are using sophisticated—and increasingly intelligent—tools to target vulnerable network edges resulting from digital innovation. As a result, organizations need smarter, faster security operations to combat sophisticated, organized cybercrime. FortiXDR is the only XDR solution that leverages artificial intelligence to replicate the hands-on investigation that otherwise leaves organizations playing catch up. Applied across the Security Fabric platform, it helps enterprises keep pace with today’s accelerating threat landscape, even for organizations limited by small teams and few tools.”

XDR Solutions Solve Critical Security Challenges

The large number of security products typically deployed by enterprises has resulted in an unmanageable volume of security information that can actually mask threats, leaving security teams struggling to detect and respondto cyberattacks. As a result, a majority of organizations are either currently or planning in the next two to three years to consolidate security vendors.

Many organizations are gravitating toward consolidation based on an XDR solution. Gartner defines XDR as “a security incident detection and response platform that automatically collects and correlates data from multiple security products.”1 XDR provides an intelligent and automated way to tie traditionally isolated solutions into a single system.

However, while XDR solutions can ease some of the challenges related to vendor complexity, most focus on cross-product alert correlation and still require significant manual intervention of teams already stretched thin due to the cyber skills gap. Security teams require an XDR solution that can automate the entire process, from detection to event investigationto remediating security incidents.

Fortinet Brings Artificial Intelligence to XDR

Unlike other solutions, FortiXDR is AI-powered by a patent-pending Dynamic Control Flow Engine and continually trained by the threat data and research of FortiGuard Labs as well as the frontline expertise of its incident responders. The solution starts by leveraging the diverse security information shared across the Fortinet Security Fabric for correlation and analysis, converting them into high fidelity security incidents. These are then investigated by the AI engine, just as a seasoned security analyst would, to come to a final threat classification and scope. Finally, the best possible contextual responses are defined and can be automatically implemented to quickly remediate confirmed incidents. 

Key benefits of FortiXDR include:

  • Dramatically reduces the number of alerts across products—by 77% or more on average.
  • Handles complex tasks in seconds that would take experts with specialized tools 30 minutes or more to accomplish. And without human error.
  • Enables the consolidation of independent security products and an automatic, coordinated response.
  • Fully automates intelligent incident investigation rather than relying on scarce human resources.

Reduce Time to Detection and Response

Additionally, FortiXDR can ingest telemetry from more aspects of an organization than any other solution, increasing the chance of detecting and properly classifying attacks. It also covers more of the cyberkill chain stages and supports more points of response to mitigate the impact of an attack more effectively than competitive solutions. All of this enables organizations to reduce mean time to detection (MTTD) and mean time to response (MTTR), while improving security operations efficiency and security posture. As a result, FortiXDR enables organizations to reduce the risk of missing potentially crippling cyber attacks like ransomware, phishing, and more, all while easing the burden on small security teams.

FortiXDR and the Fortinet Security Fabric

Fortinet’s platform approach, the Fortinet Security Fabric, leverages the top-rated, global security services of FortiGuard Labs to stop as many attacks as possible across the digital attack surface. It also provides the perfect foundation for XDR – with a common data structure, correlated telemetry, unified visibility, native integration and seamless interoperation. Now, FortiXDR layers on automated analytics, incident investigation and pre-defined responses out of the box.

The right-fit solution for any size organization

FortiXDR joins Fortinet’s industry-leading portfolio of AI-driven Security Operations offerings, including incident response components suitable for organization of any size or sophistication. FortiXDR’s “out of the box” operation makes it perfect for most midmarket and average enterprise organizations with limited teams, tools and processes. For organizations with more staff, solutions and systemic process, FortiSIEM adds multi-vendor visibility while FortiSOAR orchestrates response. This family of products deliver the right-fit solution to organizations of any size to help teams reduce the risk potential of security incidents by blocking more, detecting sooner, and responding faster.

Evolution of Hybrid Workplace, SD-WAN Going Mainstream and Criticality of Edge Networking are Top Three Trends for 2021

By: Morten Illum, EMEA Vice President at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

We made it through 2020. But now it is time to turn off our out-of-(home)offices and roll up our sleeves once more. 

As our thoughts turn to what 2021 has in store, here are three key trends that are firmly on my radar this year.

The continued evolution of the hybrid workplace

It is perhaps no surprise that this is first up. It’s been top of the business agenda for the past year after most organizations found themselves converting almost overnight to a work from home operating model thanks to COVID-19 and only able to welcome back a skeleton in-person staff since.

 But as vaccination programmes roll out across EMEA and people are allowed to return to the office in far more significant numbers, I believe we will see the emergence of a new type of hybrid workplace. Or more accurately, a hybrid workspace. After all, the definition of a place is “a particular position, point, or area in space” and our future work environment is likely to be anything but fixed.

The more significant change, however, is that the new hybrid workspace will be a deliberate one. Of course the redesign of the office as a concept was in play well before COVID-19 turned the world upside down. But for the past year, the hybrid workspace been a reactive one – hybrid by necessity versus by design.

As businesses took the time they’ve had this year to plan their return in more detail, we can expect to see more fundamental changes starting to shape our office environments. In addition to the necessary health and safety measures, I predict we’ll continue to see less desk space and more meeting room space, for example, as day-to-day interactions are kept to video conference and the office is reserved for bigger group get-togethers.

SD-WAN goes mainstream

A quick Google search will show you countless articles proclaiming that this is the year of SD-WAN. Certainly, it was said about both 2019 and 2020, but we really mean it for 2021!

Again, one of the key drivers for this has been the pandemic – and the spotlight it has shone on the need to better connect home, branch and cloud environments to deliver a consistent application experience, whether an employee chooses to log on from the office, home or on the road (imagine!). As businesses look to the coming year, support for a distributed workforce will remain a top priority, making SD-WAN critical to successfully navigating the “new normal.” 

This acceleration of interest in SD-WAN is something that is coming through loud and clear in conversations with partners and customers. Case and point, on a recent call with a security company, they mentioned that every current customer discussion ends in them being told that the customer has an SD-WAN project underway and that this project needs to be defined before the customer can make any changes to their security policies or vendor of choice.

This is just one example, but it certainly points to the fact that SD-WAN is becoming a much broader customer need throughout 2021.

Taking the data centre to the Edge

The explosion of data has been a running theme throughout my posts for some time now – but as COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of nearly every organization out there, the amount of data being generated at the Edge has never been higher – or indeed more vulnerable – and the need for businesses to quickly and efficiently collect, secure, process and act on that data has never been more pressing.

With the hybrid workplace set to make the situation even more complicated in 2021 with people constantly moving in and out of the office environment, the traditional model of a single data centre located at a company headquarters is no longer fit for purpose. Instead, we will see enterprises starting to transition to a “centres-of-data” networking model – with multiple micro data centres positioned at the Edge to help convert all that data into simplified IT operations, accelerated service delivery, and streamlined IT deployment.

In it together

The challenges of the past year are by no means over – and the above three trends will certainly keep things interesting in 2021.

AESG Acquires Springboard Middle East, Launches Data+ Digital Commissioning, Handover and Asset Management Platform

With its new Solution-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, AESG will offer comprehensive commissioning, handover and asset management services, and integrated data solutions on a digital, cloud-based platform with enhanced data management capabilities.

Followingthe announcement of its ongoing global expansion, AESG, a specialist consultancy, engineering, and advisory firm, today strengthened its position as a leading provider of consultancy services for the built environment through the acquisition of Springboard Middle East. In addition to gaining ownership of Springboard Middle East’s regional contracts, staff, IP, and assets, the deal has enabled AESG to launch its new digital commissioning, handover and asset management platform, Data+.

As highlighted in the seminal ‘Building a Safer Future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ report[1], insufficient or inaccurate data can significantly impact the performance, efficiency, and safety of buildings. While over the last decade, the building industry has gradually moved away from traditional paper-based documentation to digital alternatives, issues around the accuracy, accessibility, and updatability of building data continue to linger due to the static nature of the pdfs, spreadsheets, and documents typically used in the process.

By offering one of the first comprehensive digital handover solutions in the Middle East, AESG hopes to introduce new practices for the industry, while strengthening the value proposition of its existing services. “Our acquisition of Springboard Middle East perfectly aligns with our strategy of pioneering new and more effective means of service delivery. Their revolutionary platform perfectly rounds out the digitalisation of our offerings and enhances both the immediate and long-term value of the projects we deliver. By adopting an integrated, digital approach across commissioning, handover and asset management, AESG is committed to leading the data revolution in the built environment,” said Saeed Al Abbar, CEO at AESG.

As a value add to its clients, the company will now offer full digital handovers on all commissioning and handover management projects, along with the option of hosting project data on Data+, its cloud-based platform – making it accessible from anywhere, easily searchable, and instantly updatable. When utilized as a subscription-based service, Data+ serves as a secure, collaborative environment that stands as a ‘single, central source of truth’ for all stakeholders and project teams.

Because Data+ has been built on industry standards and follows a COBie and BIM Level 2 compliant framework, it can be integrated with most Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) solutions. This allows for accurate and validated  asset data to be seamlessly exported to these platforms, greatly enhancing building owners modelling, performance optimisation, and maintenance capabilities.  The platform also features integration with IOT and AI systems to provide digital twins of assets that enables the use of advanced analytics to optimize the performance of systems  during the operational phase of a building’s lifecycle.

While AESG believes clients of all sizes can benefit from its new offering, Al Abbar noted that Data+ will prove to be especially valuable to mega-projects. “We are working on a number of such high-value projects across the region and the size and scale of these undertakings warrants a more streamlined approach to data management. With all teams having instant access to the up-to-date information they need, they can have a clear picture of the real-time project metrics which will greatly enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. We are excited to work together with our clients in familiarising them with this new approach to handover and ongoing project management,” he concluded.


[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/707785/Building_a_Safer_Future_-_web.pdf

How to tap the 5G potential with Ericsson’s 5G RAN Slicing solution

Ajay Gautam, Strategic Product Manager 5G RAN

Why is 5G RAN slicing key to delivering on the promise of 5G? As a vital part of end-to-end network slicing technology, RAN slicing will help unlock the potential of a wide range of use cases for various industries, enterprise and enhanced mobile broadband segment. In our latest paper, we discuss what is Ericsson RAN slicing and how it can help realize the full potential of 5G.

From smartphones to smart factories, the promise of 5G is an open innovation platform that enables business and society to take the leap towards a smarter, safer and more sustainable future.

5G network slicing gives service providers the ability to serve a multitude of use cases with lightning-fast connectivity and enhanced performance. Service providers around the world are moving towards 5G network slicing, where slices of virtual networks are allocated to the meet connectivity demands of different use cases. Network slicing facilitates service differentiation and secures the necessary capacity and performance during high load to fulfill service-level agreements (SLA).

A case in point is online gaming. An Ericsson ConsumerLab survey of 7,000 consumers found that 90 percent of those who play video games at least weekly were negatively affected by lag when playing, with at least 1 in 3 sometimes quitting as a result.

Different game genres have different data rates, latency and reliability requirements on mobile networks. This is an area where service providers can offer customized slices for cloud gaming or any AR/VR application. The slicing framework can reserve dedicated resources by orchestrating these across the radio, transport and core networks.

Just like with this cloud gaming example , service providers can use network slicing as a way of differentiating their 5G offering. It helps tap the huge potential of a wide range of use cases for the enterprise and enhanced mobile broadband markets with guaranteed performance.

Ericsson RAN slicing solution enables service providers to offer differentiated handling of new services with respective quality of service and radio resource management for SLA fulfillment. What’s more, our solution is scalable and flexible enough to support a growing number of slicing use cases with faster time to market.

Elevate Your Style with the Latest Hijab Collection from Kashkha

There are many ways of wearing a Hijab (headscarf). Be inspired by Kashkha’s latest range of Hijabs that is available online (www.kashkha.com and in-stores) in an array of colours and fabrics to help you coordinate your headwrap with your outfit.

According to the Kashkha Management, “Distinguished by high quality tailoring, stunning designs and fabulous fabrics, each Kashkha Hijab is adorned with a signature rhinestone logo in the corner. Embodying the spirit of beauty and gracefulness, there is something for everyone in our collections, ranging from classics to best sellers.”

The Kashkha stylists have put together five great looks that require minimal effort and are ideal for any occasion.

  1. Classic: Those with long hair can tie their lengths into a no-fuss updo before draping the Hijab over the head. Wrap the Hijab around your face, keeping one side longer. Cross the longer end over the shorter end and secure at the top with a pin or magnet.
  • Voluminous: To achieve this chic look, wrap the Hijab around your face keeping one side longer and securing the shorter end under your chin. Roll the longer part over the head for a layered look and secure from the side with a pin or magnet.
  • Twisted Turban: To get the Twisted Turban look, place the hijab at the back of your neck with the ends in front. Cross the two ends over each other, then twist them one more time so the end you started with is in the same hand. Tug tightly and secure at the nape of your neck. You may even go for the pre-twisted Hijabs from Kashkha that are super easy to wear.
  • Over the Shoulder: For a glamorous vibe, fold the Hijab and wrap it over your head before letting the other longer end hang over the shoulder. Having the Hijab fall down the shoulder means you look stylish from all angles.
  • Tucked In: Embrace this sophisticated look which takes only a few minutes to do. Wrap the Hijab around your face, keeping one side slightly longer than the other before tucking at the nape.

Increased per passenger ancillary revenue offers hope for Wizz Air, says GlobalData

Following that Wizz Air’s Q3 2021 financial results showed a year-on-year revenue fall of 76.5% but increased ancillary revenue; 

Gus Gardner, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:

“Wizz Air has, once again, proven its ability to drive ancillary revenues: the lifeblood of the airline. The company has proved it is resilient and reactive in its recovery approach, managing to achieve increases in ancillary revenue per passenger despite traffic levels being at an all-time low. 

“Pandemic-concerned passengers are more likely to purchase packages that include baggage and seat selection to ensure a safer journey. Further, flexibility is now expected, and Wizz Air has benefitted from providing ‘flexible tickets’ to mitigate ever-changing travel restrictions. 

“People who are eager to travel during the pandemic are often doing so to visit friends and relatives – a clear shift away from the idea of travelling for a ‘short break’. These pandemic travelers are more likely to purchase extras because they tend to travel with additional baggage such as gifts and food to take home. This could be a key market for the airline in the coming months. Even though Wizz Air’s reported total ancillary revenues decreased by 72.9% year-on year, there was a bright spot in these uncertain times as ancillary revenue per passenger increased by 19.5%.

“The airline’s ambitious expansion plan remains very much in motion and could pay dividends. Since March 2020, the airline has opened a further 14 bases – in stark contrast to its competitors Ryanair and easyJet, who have both pulled out of some markets. This move could put the airline in a stronger position to rapidly expand post-COVID-19, and will help it become a more recognizable brand. The agile approach it has deployed is likely to benefit Wizz Air going forward.”

March 12 and 13, 2021:Virtual Nautic, an immersive boat show for boating companies from around the world

The French marine leisure industry, represented by Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN, the French federation for Marine Leisure Actors) has launched an immersive boat show which will be held on March 12th and 13th. More than a hundred brands have already joined the adventure and FIN now calls on international companies to participate.

The French federation wants to make Virtual Nautic the largest virtual boat show ever organized with at least 200 exhibitors and a target audience of 25,000 to 30,000 visitors.

Going beyond barriers: an opportunity to meet, conquer new clients and make business in a pandemic context.

It is not a replacement for physical boat shows. Although as most of them have been cancelled, the goal of this virtual event is to create a moment of meeting for the marine leisure community in this pandemic context, allowing professionals to meet their clients, and giving them the opportunity to open up to new clients, new commercial dynamics, without the geographical nor the budgetary constraints of a physical boat show.” explains Fabien Metayer, General Delegate of FIN.

FIN also aims to create an opportunity for marine tourism stakeholders to prepare for the 2021 summer season.

An interactive, authentic and innovative experience 

To do so, FIN has chosen to partner with Virbela and Laval Virtual which both collaborate to conceive and create immersive virtual event experiences that are deeply social and collaborative. 

Virbela’s virtual world platform is easy-to-use, accessible to anyone with Wi-Fi and a computer, and available in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and many others.

Virbela provides an all-in-one virtual venue with expo halls, auditoriums and social spaces to help organizations replicate the experience you get at an in-person event. We’re excited to partner with Laval Virtual World and Virtual Nautic to host a memorable and engaging event experience that will give attendees an opportunity to explore, learn, and connect with others,” said Alex Howland, president and co-founder of Virbela.

At Virtual Nautic, it will be possible for attendees to move from one booth to another with their avatars, use direct voice chats with exhibitors – connected from all over the world, use presentation tools (videos, brochures…), schedule appointments, look for a product, a service or a destination.

This new experience, based on the latest interactive technologies, will provide high visibility and business opportunities to the international marine leisure industry, while preserving the warmth of a physical show.

The bold and the beautiful!

How Saudi Label Leem is Redefining what it means to dress as an Arab Woman

In its original form, the modest fashion industry was a grassroots movement borne out of a growing generation of young women wanting to celebrate their identity. Since then the sector has expanded beyond traditional elements such as the hijab to include loose-fitting and less revealing clothing. And while many brands world-wide are beginning to situp and take notice of the needs of Arab Women there is still far to go and an urge to encourage those brands not to dictate the modest “rules” of dressing. 

Saudi label Leem celebrates the significant strides made by women in the region, celebrating them rather than their decision to dress modestly or not. What does this mean for Arab women? Leem is dramatically altering the landscape of contemporary design for the region, and indeed women worldwide, creating trend-led pieces that can be worn throughout the season and allow its wearer to take a more traditional approach, for example, an abaya or jalabiya, or a more modern take on modest dressing through the likes of free-flowing kaftans, maxi skirts and dresses, the timeless trench, tailored power suits with fluid, ambiguous layers, all distinguished by their sleek structure and elegant lines. However, it doesn’t stop there, why can’t that maxi dress, that modestly drapes the silhouette brushing the ankles and wrists, be pulled down to an off the shoulder piece when a woman feels comfortable? It can, and it should! We should celebrate, applaud and not dictate the boundaries of dressing, and rather design without preconceived notions of what modest fashion is or indeed should be.

As a brand Leem is not about defining the boundaries of modest fashion but rather supplying the modern Arab woman with a wardrobe that suits her, the occasion, and the ‘feeling’ of the day. Leem’s vision is to redefine modest wear with global appeal. Specialising in essential staples with an air of luxe that form the building blocks of any modest wardrobe, Leem’s stylish silhouettes carefully mark the intersection of conservative fit and modern flair, elevating the fashion quotient of its all-inclusive clientele-base, whether they choose to conceal for culture or as a personal preference of style. 

LA MARQUISE STEPS INTO SPRING WITH NEW HOOPS COLLECTION

Elevate your spring style with a symphony of hoop pairings

Get your spring wardrobe  ready with the launch of the new La Marquise Hoopscollection, the perfect accessory this spring. With sunny days, sundresses and sun shades on the horizon, add some shine to your outfit with La Marquise delicate jewels.

For Spring 2021, La Marquise is showcasing their elegant spin on the trendy hoops with a symphony of hoops with playful placements that are reminiscent of the sunshine of the glorious spring season.

Elevate your classic pieces with a cool twist with the Hoop Collection that you can wear all day. Dress up or down your La Marquise with a pair of classic Hoops during the day or charm hoops paired with delicate studs made of ruby or emerald gemstones at night. Up your ear game with stand-out petite or medium-sized golden hoops with a miniature diamond. With layering in mind, the Hoops Collection is diverse with endless possibilities.

The collection allows you to mix varying diamond shapes to create a classy look. Switch up your style eye-catching round diamond hoops and dazzling studs with a single gemstone. The most captivating look is playing with various silhouettes by pairing gold and diamond hoops with vibrant emerald stud earrings.

Using its customised approach, jewellery brand La Marquise Hoops collection offers a unique selection of pieces to complement your spring wardrobe.

Shop the collection online at lamarquisejewellery.com and on the Personal Shopper WhatsApp at +971 52 453 4551.

Product Details

Price: AED 900 – AED 18,000

Metal: 18K Solid Gold – Rose Gold, Yellow Gold and White Gold

Stones: Diamonds, Precious stones – Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire

Customers can shop the full collection in store at Mall Of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, City Centre Mirdif and other boutiques across the GCC. The collection is also available online at: www.lamarquisejewellery.com and on WhatsApp at +971 52 453 4551.