Why Cisco, McAfee Say Security Vendors Must Share Threat Intel to Beat the Baddies (SDX Central)


The Cyber Threat Alliance, a group of 14 top security vendors sharing threat information daily, sounds about as likely as a friendship between a kitten and a shark. Security professionals typically have trust issues. And their companies compete against each other in a lucrative market that is expected to grow to $96.3 billion in 2018.

So why are Cisco, McAfee, Fortinet, and others working together?

“We all recognize to a large degree the attackers are collaborating,” said Vincent Weafer, VP of McAfee Labs. “So the question is: why aren’t we doing the same thing?”

The group’s founding security vendors — Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec — agreed in 2014 to share intelligence.

“To be honest, there wasn’t a ton of buy-in at first,” said Derek Menky, global security strategist at Fortinet. It took a ton of conference calls with these founding four. Show me what you have, I’ll show you what I have — that’s a very uncommon thing.”