Notoriously devious, blended threats defeat or bypass traditional gateway antivirus and spam solutions by replacing malicious attachments with a URL link to a legitimate-looking Website that often executes automated, drive-by downloads that infect users and expose them to vulnerability exploits. Blended threat emails often employ social engineering techniques and clever designs to lure recipients into clicking on the link that then triggers the infection. Once infected, a barrage of malicious activity can take place " from stealing confidential information and data leakage to setting up botnets to execute further criminal activity.
The new release of MailMarshal SMTP including the Blended Threat Module is the first M86 Security product to fully interact with the behavioral malware detection technology from Avinti, acquired by M86 earlier this year. The intelligence from the cloud-based Blended Threat Knowledge Service is also incorporated into the company's WebMarshal and R3000 Web Security products to enhance the blocking of malicious Websites.
"Blended threats are the most prominent malicious email security threat to organizations today. In fact, according to recent research from M86 Security Labs, blended email threats have spiked to exceed 30 percent of all spam, about one in every three messages," said William Kilmer, Chief Marketing Officer, M86 Security (former CEO of Avinti). "We are proud to offer a unique service that can solve a significant and recognized industry problem." Behavioral malware technology provides the best countermeasure to prevent blended threats from entering the network. MailMarshal SMTP 6.7 is a comprehensive messaging security solution that unifies anti-spam, email threat protection, content security, policy enforcement and data leakage prevention. Powered by M86 Security's Defense-in-Depth anti-spam engine, MailMarshal SMTP 6.7 filters all incoming and outgoing email at the gateway perimeter.
"Blended threats are a growing threat to email," said David Ferris, President and Senior Analyst, Ferris Research. "M86 Security has an interesting and promising approach to suppressing this type of malware."
MailMarshal SMTP 6.7 includes two other significant capabilities: the M86 IP Reputation Service and SpamBotCensor. The M86 IP Reputation Service is derived from the M86 Security Labs and blocks incoming spam based on the sending IP address reputation to dramatically decrease bandwidth previously consumed by spam, freeing up network and IT resources for other business-critical functions. SpamBotCensor uses M86 Security Labs' vast knowledge of botnets to identify and block bot-based spam with a high degree of accuracy.
New features in MailMarshal SMTP 6.7
- Blended Threat Module " goes beyond traditional, signature-based antivirus offerings to block emails that contain malicious URL links and utilizes a cloud-based malware behavior analysis service for rapid identification of new malicious links.
- M86 IP Reputation Service " accurately rejects the majority of spam messages an organization would normally receive before the messages are transmitted to an organization's email gateway.
- SpamBotCensor " quickly and accurately identifies spam messages sent by known botnets. The M86 Security Labs was the first security research team to prove that 80-90 percent of the world's spam is produced by a handful of botnets - SpamBotCensor is a proprietary solution which builds on this research to block spam with near-zero false positives.
Pricing and Availability MailMarshal SMTP 6.7 is available immediately for evaluation at www.m86security.com/downloads/ (existing customers can upgrade at http://www.m86security.com/support/MailMarshal-SMTP).
Customers can also add the Blended Threat Module to any existing or new MailMarshal SMTP subscription. For more information, please visit www.m86security.com or call us at 1-877-369-8686.
About M86 Security M86 Security is a global provider of Web and messaging security products, delivering comprehensive protection to more than 20,000 customers and over 16 million users worldwide. As one of the largest independent internet security companies, we have the expertise, product breadth and technology to protect organizations from both current and emerging threats. Our appliance, software and cloud-based solutions leverage real-time threat data to proactively secure customers' networks from malware and spam; protect their sensitive information; and maintain employee productivity. The company is based in Orange, California with international headquarters in London and offices worldwide. For more information about M86 Security, please visit http://www.m86security.com/.