Learn about vulnerabilities in TCP/IP stacks, identify the threats they pose to the extended enterprise and determine best practices to mitigate the risks.
What we do
“At Forescout Research Labs, we analyze the security implications of hyper connectivity across the Enterprise of Things.”
-Elisa Costante, Head of Forescout Research Labs
Pervasive connectivity is shaping our personal and working spaces. Today, billions of devices use a myriad of networks and protocols to exchange data in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
- There are now dozens of connected medical devices for each patient in a hospital
- Manufacturing production uses sensors and actuators to optimize response in real time based on demand
- Numerous companies have scaled from managing thousands to millions of connected devices in the span of a few years
We live in a hyperconnected world where everything from cars, cameras and computers to robotics arms, medical devices and building automation systems communicate with each other.
Within the enterprise space, this hyperconnectivity is characterized by an explosion of connected IoT devices and the convergence of IT and OT networks in order to optimize processes and enable informed strategic decisions. This convergence creates a new class of security risks and a larger attack surface for cybercriminals as they can now move laterally across these two environments.
At Forescout Research Labs, we analyze the security implications of hyperconnectivity across the Enterprise of Things. Our focus is to enhance visibility and control of the connected ‘things’ (devices) joining networks in record numbers. We strive to examine the emerging challenges that face cybersecurity stakeholders worldwide in efforts to improve their ability to identify, understand and manage the threats and risks associated with an ever-expanding device ecosystem. Through research, we seek to protect the infrastructures and services we all need.
The goal of Forescout Research Labs is to foster innovation in the areas of device visibility, behavioral control and cybersecurity for any kind of networked device. Forescout takes a pioneering approach to experiments and applied work into the hyperconnected world.
OUR APPROACH TO RESEARCH
Forescout Research Labs works closely with researchers in prominent universities and research institutes to inform and drive research and development efforts across IT, IoT, cyber-physical and OT/ICS cybersecurity. Our researchers also analyze deployment data from over 13 million devices in the Forescout Device Cloud* to better understand the cybersecurity risks facing organizations today.
Our leaders of Research
Elisa Costante holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. As head of Forescout Research Labs, she drives the execution of pioneering theoretical and experimental work addressing the cybersecurity challenges posed by an over-expanding device ecosystem. Elisa is responsible for the generation of original research and the management of projects to boost innovation across Forescout products and services.
Daniel Dos Santos
Daniel dos Santos holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Trento. As Research Manager at Forescout Research Labs, he leads a vulnerability and threat research team, manages granted research projects and collaborates on the development of innovative features for cybersecurity solutions. Daniel has published over 30 papers on cybersecurity and has spoken at conferences such as Black Hat.
* As of March 31, 2021