Email Attacks Account for 80% of Malware in Cyber-Espionage

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 April 2015 (Sat): Blue Coat Systems, Inc. leader in enterprise security, today announced the addition of Mail Threat Defense to its Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) portfolio of solutions.

This Mail Threat Defense provides in-depth protection against the top three threat vectors– Web, Email and Network –for comprehensive defense against advanced threats across the enterprise.

Ivan Wen, country manager of Blue Coat Malaysia says, ““The majority of business communication happens over email. The more messages you receive, the less amount of time you may devote to reading each message thoroughly, and if you’re using a mobile device, the greater risk of being duped.

“While emails are a convenient channel to transact business, they represent a significant vulnerability that can be exploited for cyber-attacks. Email phishing and other malware schemes grow increasingly sophisticated and deceptive, and even the most cautious employees can be fooled into clicking on a malicious email attachment.”

With the Mail Threat Defense, enterprise users can be both more productive and better protected against email-borne malware as it extracts malicious content without disrupting message flow.

Email attack vector accounts for 80% of APT malware used for cyber-espionage (Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report); and evidence of this is when recently, Blue Coat Labs uncovered Inception Framework, a highly sophisticated malware attack targeting military diplomats and business executives using infected email attachments as one of the many layers of the cyber-attack framework.

Blue Coat’s Mail Threat Defense solution for on-premise and cloud based deployment, will be available beginning this summer. Blue Coat also plans to support email traffic on its Content Analysis system in summer of 2015.

Author: Terry KS

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