Fortinet [FTNT] has signed an agreement with the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) to conduct two-way information sharing on cyber threat intelligence, the company said Tuesday.

Under the agreement the company and agency will exchange cyber threat intelligence and expertise to conduct research and analysis of cyber incidents in South Korea and determine the appropriate security technology and responses to counter attacks. Specifically, the agreement includes exchanges and analysis on threats and vulnerabilities like botnets traced to South Korea, malicious domains and URLs, and malware samples.

Officials from Fortinet and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) sign a two-way information sharing agreement. Photo: Fortinet.
Officials from Fortinet and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) sign a two-way information sharing agreement. Photo: Fortinet.

Fortinet will also provide zero-day vulnerability research to KISA to coordinate with affected vendors to patch problems.

Fortinet highlighted this new agreement as a “high impact way to enhance South Korea’s cyber resilience and mitigate the vulnerability of attacks.”

The company characterized this collaboration as a way to improve threat intelligence and information sharing between private and public entities to ensure the security of networks across South Korea. KISA will also gain access to Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs global cyber threat research and analysis, which can help South Korean organizations prevent attacks with actionable intelligence.

KISA was established in 2009 and is dedicated to advancing the country’s internet industry and ensure information security. It falls under the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP).

“It is critical that we partner with cybersecurity leaders, like Fortinet, for actionable threat information knowledge and expertise to effectively protect against cyberattacks,” Kee Seung Baik, president and CEO of KISA, said in a statement.

“There is a greater mission on the part of every security vendor to make the cyber world safer for business and personal use. Fortinet continues to partner with global organizations like KISA, NATO, and INTERPOL, to share valuable cyber threat intelligence to proactively help stop cyberattacks. Public and private sector partnerships are critical to the future of cybersecurity, as collaborative information sharing will ultimately help define global security standards,” Michael Xie, founder, president, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Fortinet, added.

Fortinet also highlighted continuing collaboration with other law enforcement, government, and industry organizations including NATO, INTERPOL, the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), and the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) group.