Fortinet informs Techzine that, together with Accenture and Sberbank, it is one of the first three co-founders of the Centre for Cyber Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The global network of companies, government agencies, universities and civil society organisations is engaged in the fight against cybercrime.

With the establishment of the Centre for Cyber Security of the WEF, all participating parties want to take a stand against the increasing threat of cyber attacks. Especially as these threats are increasingly becoming a threat to the global digital economy.

The newly established cybersecurity centre’s main task is to set up and coordinate global partnerships with organisations in the public and private sectors. This should promote the exchange of threat information and the development of standards for cybersecurity.

Concrete activities of the WEF centre of expertise

Specifically, the activities of the expertise centre will consist of the joint development, testing and application of knowledge and security solutions to anticipate and prevent cyber attacks. For this purpose, training programmes are developed and implemented in order to deliver a new batch of security professionals.

The WEF’s Centre for Cyber Security will also focus on setting up, coordinating and facilitating a Global Rapid Reaction Cyber Security Task Force. This Task Force will consist of experts from the partner community of the Centre for Cyber Security and aims to reduce the harmful effects of global cyber attacks.

Contribution of Fortinet

Following on from its long-standing collaboration with organisations in the public and private sectors, Fortinet will help the Centre for Cyber Security to develop innovative solutions against global cyber attacks and cybercrime. In the first place, the security specialist will work with global industry associations and public security organizations to develop future standards for threat information and security protocols.

In addition, the supplier will actively work to create new opportunities for the digital economy. In concrete terms, this means that Fortinet will focus primarily on training new security experts via its Network Security Expert (NSE) programme. This certification programme should help beginning and experienced ICT professionals to increase their knowledge of the modern security landscape.

Vital infrastructure and independent testing

The security specialist will also actively contribute to the digital protection of vital infrastructures. In doing so, Fortinet, in its own words, wants to contribute to better protection of critical infrastructure, such as the energy and transport sectors or the water supply, against digital attacks that can cause a great deal of damage. This is because the number of digital attacks on these sectors has increased considerably in recent years.

Finally, within the WEF’s Centre of Cyber Security, the supplier will focus on stimulating the development of standards for the independent testing of security solutions. According to the specialist, independent test results allow companies to simplify their decision making processes and thus enable them to purchase the right protection measures more quickly. Hackers are therefore less likely to carry out successful attacks.

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