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Jay Fitzgerald

Gil Shwed says Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet’s real strengths are in ‘sales and marketing machines.’

Do you think Russia will resort to more cyber attacks in the west and elsewhere if the war in Ukraine drags on? How much of a threat are the Russians?

It’s a good question. I think between Ukraine and Russia, we saw some increases in cyber attacks, but not as much as everybody expected. There is a good question: why? Is it their capabilities, or maybe they just didn’t want to expose their capabilities? One of the risks in a cyberattack is once you use it, everybody knows what you are. Then what you have is many people can use the same methodologies (and) more sophisticated people should be able to block these attacks. … To be honest, I don’t think that’s the biggest risk that we have today in the world, with the Russians escalating the level of cyberattacks. I hope I’m not wrong with that. But I think there’s no doubt that a country like Russia, just like most advanced countries, have a pile of cyber weapons that are either being used for intelligence, and we haven’t seen them or ready to be used.

 
Jay Fitzgerald

Jay Fitzgerald is a senior editor covering cybersecurity for CRN. Jay previously freelanced for the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston magazine, Banker & Tradesman, MassterList.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, the National Bureau of Economic Research and other entities. He can be reached at jfitzgerald@thechannelcompany.com.

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