|[April 28, 2014]
New Mimecast Service Disarms Spear Phishing Threat
WATERTOWN, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
a leading cloud email security provider, has announced Targeted Threat
Protection, a new service to protect enterprises from the growing risk
they face from spear phishing. These are targeted attacks using embedded
malicious URLs or links in email that appear to come from a 'trusted' or
known individual that then compromise an organization's security when
clicked. Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection scans all URLs in inbound
email every time they are clicked by the end-user to ensure the linked
site is clean and risk free. If the user attempts to visit an 'at risk'
site, they are warned or automatically barred from viewing it. This
protection will be provided on all devices used for their enterprise
email account including smartphones and tablets whether they are
provided directly by the employer or not. Mimecast Targeted Threat
Protection will be available in July.
This new service is easy to manage for IT and security teams, as it's
controlled from a single Administration Console alongside other Mimecast
services. They also get full logging and visibility of blocked links and
sites to assist them with ongoing threat management, reporting and any
end-user education designed to reduce future risky online behavior.
Orlando Scott-Cowley, Director of Technology Marketing, Mimecast
commented: "Spear phishing is a new frontline in the battle to protect
enterprise systems and data. Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection stops
spear phishing in its tracks. The threats to an end-users' inbox are
constantly changing and have moved far beyond the daily barrage of spam
and virus content on their work desktop. We have to protect their work
and personal desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone as today each device
is used for enterprise email. IT teams know their end-users are one of
their weakest security links and can be specifically targeted to get
access to critical systems and valuable corporate data."
He continued: "IT teams work hard to block the majority of external
attacks at the email gateway, but an innocent click on a link to an
infected webpage can undermine all this work. Even those with
traditional web scanning in place may not be safe if the link is
accessed from a mobile or personal device. Our service protects
end-users on all devices and every time they click a link in email,
because you never know if today's safe site is still safe tomorrow."
Security scanning or gateway services like Mimecast have made it hard
for traditional spam or phishing attacks to target enterprises. As a
result, determined attackers are increasingly using sophisticated and
targeted spear phishing emails. These emails are often created following
socialengineering reconnaissance that helps to make them look
legitimate. Once a link in the email is clicked, it can take users to
malicious webpages that trick them into giving away sensitive
credentials or even exposes their systems to malware.
Spear phishing attacks are designed to defeat even the most
sophisticated security defenses. These attacks can pass through existing
security gateways as the emails and embedded URLs are initially inactive
and therefore clean when scanned. Phishing web content is activated
later when the attacker knows all gateways have passed the email and
link. Several major data breaches and hacking attacks have been
initiated through the use of spear phishing or targeted email attacks of
How Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection works
Mimecast rewrites URLs for all inbound emails - when the
end-user receives an external email containing a URL, Mimecast
rewrites the link at the gateway so when it is clicked, they are
directed to the Mimecast cloud where the original link is checked for
risks before being opened. If the link is safe, they won't even notice
the check has happened as the site will appear to open as normal.
Links are scanned every time they are clicked to ensure they are
safe - a check is done every time a link is clicked on, not just
the first time. This is done for all links in every email whether the
sender is 'known' or not. Wholesale protection of this kind is more
safe and effective than attempting to detect a single phishing email
and recognizes that links can start safe but be compromised at a later
Links are safe on any device used to access them - Targeted
Threat Protection provides the same protection whether the end-user is
accessing a link in their enterprise email from their work or personal
mobile or desktop device.
Benefits of Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection
Peace of mind knowing all links clicked on in email are protected
- every email is scanned and every link is protected. If they do click
on something malicious they know their data and systems are protected.
No interruption to how they work - they will hardly notice the
scanning if the link is safe. The site will open as normal in the
Automatic blocking, and clear warnings and guidance if a malicious
link is clicked- Mimecast will block any bad site and let them
know, giving them options on what to do next based on their security
profile set by the IT team.
For IT Teams:
Simple and comprehensive protection against spear phishing for all
end-users without the need for additional infrastructure or staffing
on-premise - this is a simple-to-activate service integrated into
Mimecast's extensive cloud email security portfolio. No additional
equipment or resources are needed on-premise to manage this service.
Central administration and visibility for all email security issues
from a single Mimecast Administration Console covering all services
including Targeted Threat Protection - administrators can also set
different policies by end-user based on their security profile, e.g.
block outright any at risk site or offer a warning page to alert more
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management for Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange and Microsoft Office 365,
including archiving, continuity and security. By unifying disparate and
fragmented email environments into one holistic solution that is always
available from the cloud, Mimecast minimizes risk and reduces cost and
complexity, while providing total end-to-end control of email. Founded
in the United Kingdom in 2003, Mimecast serves more than 8,000 customers
and 2 million users worldwide and has offices in Europe, North America,
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