Cybersecurity in crypto is a mess right now \u2013 there's another big hack almost every week. Cyber \u200b\u200bsecurity firm Forta aims to take this on by trying to build a crypto first version of centralized cyber firms like CrowdStrike or Palo Alto Networks. And to do so, Forta is launching its own FORT token, intended to increase incentives for security researchers to monitor blockchain networks.\nThe leader of the Forta Foundation ecosystem, Andy Beal, explained in an interview with decipher that Forta takes a decentralized approach to security by working with a loose federation of researchers who deploy bots to patrol various corners of the blockchain world.\nBeal said that the bots are deployed by a network of nodes to act as a kind of network of security cameras to monitor abnormal activity. If a bot finds something suspicious, it relays the information to a node, which in turn triggers an alarm.\nSeveral major blockchain projects, including Lido, Compound, and Polygon, are already using Forta to monitor their activities on Ethereum, Avalanche, and more. side chains.\n\nBeal says that blockchains are evolving so rapidly that it doesn't make sense to rely on centralized cybersecurity giants like the Web 2.0 world does. But to ensure that node operators are acting in the best interest of the network, Forta is introducing incentive systems like the FORT token.\nPreviously, anyone could participate in the Forta Network and run their own "detection bots" at virtually no cost. But that, unsurprisingly, led to spam on the network and caused an undue strain on their resources. Forta claims that its new token solves all of that.\nBut is now the right time to launch a new token, given the current crypto market conditions?\n\u201cDuring bear markets, there is always a welcome change back to building,\u201d Beal responds, \u201cand the FORT token will allow the Forta Network to continue to grow and attract quality contributors.\u201d\nForta is open source and for now free for anyone to use. Over time, however, Beal says the company will introduce a fee structure for node operators to be paid.\nForta began as a project within blockchain cybersecurity startup OpenZeppelin, but has recently spun off and is exploring a DAO to become more decentralized. Last September, Forta raised $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Coinbase Ventures, Blockchain Capital, and others.\nDo you want to be a crypto expert? Get the best of Decrypt straight to your inbox.Get the biggest crypto news stories + weekly recaps and more!