Homeland Security, Fortinet enter cooperative research agreement

Fortinet and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CARDA) in the realm of cybersecurity, the company announced on Monday.

With this agreement in place, Fortinet will take part in the Cyber Information and Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP) through DHS. The company will likely take part in the Enhanced Cybersecurity (ECS) Program and the Cyber Resilience Review (CRR), as well.

"Detecting and halting attacks is dependent on our ability to understand in real-time what threats are on the horizon and how they can impact our customers' network safety," Derek Manky, global security strategist from Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs, said. "Our new partnership with the DHS gives us access to a wealth of valuable information through CISCP partners, which include many of the top information sharing and analysis centers across multiple vertical industries. This allows us to understand up-to-date threat information across federal, banking, energy, industrial, healthcare, enterprise and more, which will have a direct and positive impact on our customers' security and ability to operate their networks efficiently."

The company predicts that, with this agreement, stronger ties to the federal government will be made, and that they will be able to strengthen their security offering with access to information on cyber threats that are not open to the public.

CISCP involves the sharing of cyber threats, information on system vulnerability and incidents, while the ECS program entails similar activity with classified and otherwise sensitive information of this type.

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