Tuesday, 07 April 2020 13:54

Glenn Maiden takes up role as threat intelligence chief at FortiGuard Labs ANZ Featured

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Glenn Maiden, FortiGuard Labs Glenn Maiden, FortiGuard Labs

Security vendor Fortinet has appointed Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence at FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand.

Fortinet says in his new role Maiden will focus on threat intelligence sharing to help Australian and New Zealand organisations protect themselves from current and emerging threats.

Prior to joining Fortinet Maiden worked at Cisco where he ran a national-level program to raise Australia’s overall cyber posture, with a focus on accelerating Australian cybersecurity education and building effective partnerships to realise “mutual success”.

Maiden also held roles with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), where he was the agency’s cybersecurity advisor, and with Lockheed Martin, where he ran cyber operations for the organisation’s Defence Centralised Processing project.

Fortinet says Maiden has a strong background in defence, intelligence, security and federal government, and has led a wide variety of cybersecurity activities including penetration testing, systems engineering as well as risk assessments and cyber operations.

In the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC), Maiden supported intelligence collection, processing and reporting.

Commenting on his appointment, Maiden said, “Threat intelligence sharing is a crucial aspect of minimising the harm caused by cybersecurity breaches in Australian and New Zealand organisations”.

“Effective threat intelligence sharing can help cybersecurity professionals take a more strategic and proactive approach to protecting their organisations. This can help overcome challenges posed by skills shortages and disparate cybersecurity postures characterised by point solutions that create complexity.

“By integrating threat intelligence into their cybersecurity posture, organisations can reduce their risk and optimise their security investments, focusing on the controls that will make a real difference.

“Threat intelligence is an extraordinarily valuable tool in the fight against cybercriminals. It’s possible to point to any number of situations in which organisations have avoided significant damage and losses due to timely threat intelligence informing their response to attacks.

“When organisations have a plethora of point solutions in place, it becomes more difficult to integrate threat intelligence into the cybersecurity ecosystem. It’s important to choose cybersecurity solutions that incorporate a security fabric that extends across the business and leverages threat intelligence for a more effective defence,” Maiden concluded.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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