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The New Cybercrime Atlas: A Collaborative Approach to Fighting Digital Crime



Written by Derek Manky, Chief Security Strategist and Global VP of Threat Intelligence at FortiGuard Labs

The global transition to the digital economy means that the operations of governments, critical infrastructures, businesses, and individuals are now a tightly integrated system of interconnected resources. Everything from commerce and banking to delivering critical services to managing international transportation and energy grids are now online, and many of their underlying resources, such as supply chains, are interdependent. Because of this, digital disruptions can have far-reaching implications, impacting the lives and well-being of virtually everyone.

Cybercrime presents a significant risk to this new digital world, impacting everyone from individuals and companies to critical infrastructure and governments. In its Global Risks Report for 2024, the World Economic Forum has identified AI-generated misinformation/disinformation and cyber insecurity as among the top risks facing the global community. The forum has also pointed out that cybercrime is now the world’s third-largest economy after the United States and China. But its potential impact goes well beyond financial loss. In addition to direct damages, cybercrime creates an enormous barrier to digital trust, undermines the benefits of cyberspace, increases global inequality, and hinders international cyber-stability efforts.

The challenge is how to raise the bar for everyone—businesses, governments, academic institutions, law enforcement, and individual citizens alike.

A Global Challenge Requires a Global Response
Despite the seriousness of the cybercrime challenge, efforts to fight cybercriminal activities to date have largely been uncoordinated and fragmented. While there are certainly organizations and vendors committed to battling cybercriminals, isolated efforts struggle to make a dent in the concerted efforts of today’s highly organized cybercriminals. To address this challenge, the World Economic Forum established the Centre for Cybersecurity in January 2018, a coalition of public and private organizations working to build a safe and secure global cyberspace.

However, since its founding, the need for a coordinated response to cybercrime has become even more urgent. In response, the Centre for Cybersecurity established its Partnership against Cybercrime community. Its first initiative, announced in January 2023 and led by World Economic Forum partners Fortinet, Microsoft, PayPal, and Santander, was to build the Cybercrime Atlas, a collaborative research platform designed to gather and collate information about the cybercriminal ecosystem and major threat actors operating today. Now launched, this powerful open-source research tool is creating new insights into the cybercriminal ecosystem and will enable and accelerate the disruption of cybercrime.

The Cybercrime Atlas
The Cybercrime Atlas represents a significant paradigm shift in how we collectively address the cybercrime challenge. This collaborative platform enables global businesses, national and international law enforcement agencies, cybercrime investigators, and threat intelligence researchers to proactively share knowledge and collate data about cybercriminal activities, the cybercriminal ecosystem, and major threat actors. It also maps criminal activity worldwide and uses open-source research to help organizations understand and disrupt the cybercriminal ecosystem.

The Cybercrime Atlas builds a comprehensive picture of the cybercrime landscape, including criminal operations, shared infrastructures, and networks. By mapping and documenting the cybercrime landscape, organizations can more efficiently and accurately track and trace cybercriminal activity, quickly identify threats and threat actors, and identify opportunities for coordinated action to fight cyber threats. It will enable the cybersecurity industry to more efficiently allocate resources in the fight against them. As this database grows, organizations will be better able to identify, attribute, and thwart attacks in midstream, build proactive playbooks to protect against known and unknown threats, and generate policy recommendations—all of which will serve to make the unlawful efforts of the cybercriminal community increasingly cost-prohibitive.

Cyber Security

Netskope Joins Google Workspace Security Alliance



Netskope has joined the Google Workspace Security Alliance to extend security and data protection for Workspace users. The Netskope One Platform provides a number of advanced security capabilities that protect data, defend against threats, and ensure users have fast and secure access to Google Workspace productivity and collaboration tools, including Gemini for Workspace.

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud technologies to drive innovation and efficiency, they are also challenged to secure sensitive data from a range of cyber risks, including:

  • Ongoing increases in the number of users uploading sensitive data to personal instances of cloud applications
  • New and evolving threat techniques such as abuse of certain applications for critical data access, back doors, and financial gain; compromise of credentials to access critical business data; insider threats; and more
  • Data exposure from the insecure use of both managed and unmanaged AI-based productivity tools

Netskope and Google Workspace empower organizations to embrace modern collaboration and productivity by enabling the secure use of AI-based productivity tools. Netskope provides advanced data loss prevention (DLP) techniques, delivering real-time visibility and control over users, data, and corporate vs. personal cloud instances. In addition, Netskope’s comprehensive threat protection through both API and inline controls detects threats in Google applications and monitors data movement and threat propagation between Google Workspace apps and third-party ecosystem applications.

“Netskope is proud to expand its partnership with Google Workspace by joining the Workspace Security Alliance. There are already thousands of customers using Netskope to safeguard their Google Workspace applications, and this new partnership further enhances the secure usage capabilities for application specific data protection policies,” said Andy Horwitz, VP, Global Partner Ecosystems, Netskope. “Together, Netskope and Google Workspace can help customers modernize their productivity stack. We look forward to helping customers safely optimize their employees’ daily productivity.”

The Netskope and Google Workspace partnership enables organizations to embrace collaboration and productivity while safeguarding critical data. Joint customers can now more effectively:

  1. Support best practice use of Gemini for Google Workspace: Leverage real-time user coaching to help enforce best practices in application usage. Organizations can gain visibility into data movement to minimize sensitive information sharing while achieving data compliance objectives.
  2. Protect sensitive data: Detect and manage access to sensitive data within Google Workspace applications, enforcing policies to prevent unauthorized data movement across platforms, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive, Box and Dropbox.
  3. Stop insider threats like data exfiltration: Prevent the download of sensitive data from Google Workspace business instances and then the upload to personal instances, which is one of today’s top reasons for data loss. Additionally, apply this control to unmanaged devices: allow unmanaged or personal device access to a specific cloud app for collaboration, however, do not allow downloading of sensitive data.
  4. Detect and stop elusive threats and malware: Protect against malware and phishing delivered from the cloud. Netskope’s multi-layered advanced threat protection (ATP) enhances security within Google Workspace and across cloud applications.
  5. Maintain compliance in Google Workspace: Ensure that organizations can adhere to regulations and meet compliance needs by enforcing security policies within Google Workspace.

“By partnering with Netskope, a leading SASE vendor, customers can confidently expand their Google Workspace adoption leveraging their existing IT infrastructure investments,” said Nikhil Sinha, Group Product Manager, Google Workspace. “Netskope instance awareness enables fine grained data governance policy differences to both corporate and personal Google Workspace accounts. We are excited to partner with Netskope to provide these advanced security capabilities to our customers.”

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AmiViz and BitSight Join Forces to Elevate Middle East Risk Management



AmiViz has partnered with Bitsight, a leading provider of cyber risk management solutions. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in bolstering cybersecurity capabilities across the region and facilitating Bitsight’s expansion efforts in the Middle East.

The partnership between AmiViz and Bitsight will enhance the cybersecurity landscape in the Middle East by introducing state-of-the-art solutions designed to tackle the evolving cyber threats confronting regional organizations. With both companies committed to improving cybersecurity awareness and resilience, they are set to pave the way for a safer and more secure digital environment in the region.

Commenting on the partnership with Bitsight, Ilyas Mohammed, COO at AmiViz said, “Our decision to onboard Bitsight demonstrates our commitment towards the evolution of the cybersecurity landscape in the Middle East. As organizations grapple with increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, the partnership between these two industry leaders promises to deliver enhanced value by equipping organizations with the tools and insights needed to effectively manage cyber risks and safeguard their digital assets in an ever-evolving threat landscape.”

Bitsight’s solutions can proactively assess and manage their cyber risk exposure and provide organizations with actionable intelligence to optimize their security investments, streamline vendor risk management processes, and enhance cyber resilience. With a focus on continuous monitoring and data-driven insights, Bitsight empowers organizations to make informed decisions and stay ahead of emerging cyber threats.

The Middle East has often been an attractive target for cyber-attacks, and this partnership will empower companies to address vulnerabilities and protect their digital assets proactively. By combining AmiViz’s deep understanding of the regional market dynamics with Bitsight’s cutting-edge technology and global expertise, the partnership will offer next-generation cybersecurity solutions tailored to the unique challenges and requirements of Middle Eastern organizations.

“We are proud to partner with AmiViz to transform the cyber risk management landscape in the Middle East,” said Xavier Artiguebieille, Senior Vice President, EMEA Sales at Bitsight. “Our combined efforts will equip organizations with the critical tools and intelligence needed to navigate and mitigate the complexities of modern cyber threats, enhancing their overall security and resilience.”

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Artificial Intelligence

ESET’s New AI Assistant Streamlines Threat Detection and Response



ESET has introduced ESET AI Advisor, an innovative generative AI-based cybersecurity assistant that transforms incident response and interactive risk analysis. First showcased at RSA Conference 2024, the new solution is now available as part of the ESET PROTECT MDR Ultimate subscription tier and ESET Threat Intelligence.

Unlike other vendor offerings and typical generative AI assistants that focus on soft features like administration or device management, ESET AI Advisor seamlessly integrates into the day-to-day operations of security analysts, conducting in-depth analysis. Building on over two decades of ESET’s expertise in AI-driven endpoint protection, the offering provides detailed incident data and SOC team-level advisory. This is a game-changer for companies with limited IT resources who want to utilize the advantages of advanced Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions and threat intelligence feeds.

“As cybersecurity threats become increasingly sophisticated, ESET remains committed to providing cutting-edge solutions that address these challenges. The ESET AI Advisor module represents a significant leap forward in our mission to close the cybersecurity skills gap and empower organizations to safeguard their digital assets effectively,” said Juraj Malcho, Chief Technology Officer at ESET.

One of the primary benefits of this new solution is closing the cybersecurity skills gap. Security analysts of all skill levels can use ESET AI Advisor to conduct interactive risk identification, analysis, and response capabilities, which are provided in an easily understandable format. The user-friendly interface makes sophisticated threat data actionable even for less experienced IT and security professionals.

The ESET AI Advisor also excels in facilitating faster decision-making for critical incidents. Security analysts can simply consult the ESET AI Advisor to understand the specific threats their environment faces. Leveraging extensive XDR collected data, the ESET AI Advisor identifies and analyzes potential malware threats, providing intuitive insights into their behaviour and impact. It assists in recognizing phishing attempts and advising users on how to avoid falling victim to fraudulent emails or websites. By monitoring network traffic, the ESET AI Advisor can flag unusual or suspicious behaviour, helping security teams take appropriate action. Its ability to automate repetitive tasks is an additional advantage. Managing routine processes such as data collection, extraction, and basic threat detection, allows security teams to focus on more strategic initiatives.

In ESET Threat Intelligence, the new module will help researchers analyze vast quantities of unique APT reports and understand latest developments in world of cyber threats. With its conversational prompts and interactive dialogue, ESET AI Advisor empowers organizations to analyze and mitigate threats effortlessly and fortify their cybersecurity posture.

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