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Email delivers 80% of espionage malware, says Blue Coat Malaysia

AvantiKumar | April 14, 2015
Mail Threat Defense has been added to Blue Coat's Advanced Threat Defense portfolio of solutions, says Blue Coat's Ivan Wen.

Ivan Wen, Country Manager, Bluecoat Malaysia 

Photo - Ivan Wen, Malaysia Country Manager, Blue Coat Systems


The recent uncovering of the highly sophisticated malware attack Inception Framework by enterprise security specialist Blue Coat Systems confirmed the Verizon 2014 Data Breach report that said 80 percent of malware attacks were delivered via email.

Blue Coat Malaysia's country manager Ivan Wen said the Inception Framework malware attack, which targeted military diplomats and business executives, came via infected email attachments as one of the many layers of the cyber-attack framework.

"The majority of business communication takes place over email," said Wen. "The more messages you receive, the less amount of time you can devote to reading each message thoroughly, and if you're using a mobile device, there is a 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," he said.

"Email phishing and other malware schemes are becoming increasingly sophisticated and deceptive, and even the most cautious employees can be fooled into clicking on a malicious email attachment," said Wen.

As a result, Blue Coat has now added Mail Threat Defense to its Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) portfolio of solutions, he said. "This Mail Threat Defense provides in-depth protection against the top three threat vectors- Web, Email and Network -for comprehensive defence against advanced threats across the enterprise."

By adopting the Mail Threat Defense feature, enterprise users will be able to be both more productive and better protected against email-borne malware as it extracts malicious content without disrupting message flow, Wen said.

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.


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