Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – FireEye Email Security now provides full secure email gateway (SEG) functionality – blocking inbound and outbound malware, phishing URLs, impersonation techniques and spam.

According to research by FireEye, 90 percent of email attacks were malware-less, with phishing attacks serving as the greatest offender, making up 81 percent of this subset. FireEye Email Security continues to detect an average of over 14,000 emails with malicious attachments or URLs per customer per month that get past other solutions. With email continuing to be the most commonly used channel for both opportunistic and targeted attacks, organizations can’t afford to overlook these vulnerabilities.

Malware detection

FireEye Email Security delivers leading detection and protection capabilities for email-based threats within one singular solution. By consolidating the email security stack with FireEye, organizations can also minimize the impact email-borne threats have on their network and employees, while often benefiting from cost savings.

“It’s easy for organizations to become overly reliant upon blocking-based protection, until they realize what’s been slipping through. We see this time and time again in our incident response engagements when other security solutions failed to block email threats,” said Ken Bagnall, Vice President of Email Security at FireEye. “Our full secure email gateway protects organizations from inbound email attacks as well as outbound email exfiltration. This advanced level of protection is critical in defending against today’s evolving threat landscape, as spear-phishing, ransomware and impersonation attacks continue to rise.”

Threat intelligence

In addition to standard secure email gateway capabilities such as antivirus, anti-spam, and signature-based anti-malware, FireEye Email Security is designed to better protect customers with:

  • Threat intelligence gathered from the frontlines: FireEye’s first-hand knowledge of attacks and attackers gained from its incident response engagements and network of security researchers is used to continually improve FireEye Email Security by adapting detection and analysis engines to new attack techniques and developing new product features.
  • Impersonation protection: Executive names are increasingly used as display names in fraudulent emails, fooling employees into taking action. FireEye Email Security addresses both display name and header spoofing using actionable tools, such as Deep Relationship Analysis to identify anomalous email traffic, while email-specific threat intelligence, or Smart DNS, serve as the basis for the broad tool set that leads to quicker detection.
  • Advanced threat protection: FireEye Email Security can detect and block inbound and outbound advanced threats. 
  • Custom YARA rules: YARA is the tool primarily used in malware research and detection. It provides a rule-based approach to create descriptions of malware families based on textual or binary patterns. Organizations can introduce their own rules to manage and enhance detections, stop the latest threats and identify ongoing campaigns.

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