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Global security company Symantec has released a new solution — email threat isolation — designed to block advanced email attacks on end user devices by helping to protect users against spear phishing, credential theft, account takeover and ransomware attacks.

Symantec claims first move rights with its offering of a complete and integrated email security solution with threat isolation technology for enterprise email, which it says protects customers from the kind of sophisticated email attacks that are so prevalent in the cloud generation – and renders advanced email attacks “harmless”.

“Despite significant efforts by our industry to detect and block email-borne threats, messaging remains the primary vector for malware and scams within the enterprise. The industry requires a paradigm shift to properly secure messaging, and we are excited to be bringing the innovation of integrated isolation technology to email,” said Symantec chief executive Greg Clark.

“This revolutionary technology helps enterprises to quickly and easily isolate all malicious email content – both internal and external – to substantially reduce inherent risks within messaging applications. Further, because the technology is cloud-based, organisations can be up and running quickly and easily, reducing stress on already taxed IT teams.”

According to Symantec, email Threat Isolation takes prevention to the next level by ensuring suspicious links to risky Web pages are isolated, allowing safe access.

The security company says the capability gives customers elevated levels of protection against advanced email attacks by creating a secure remote execution environment between users and malicious content.

“Symantec is the only vendor to offer risk-level based isolation policies to send Web traffic from suspicious links to this remote environment, which confines all malicious activity, and only sends a safe visual representation of the content down to the user,” the company says.

“In addition, Symantec Email Threat Isolation can render such sites in read-only mode which prevents unsuspecting employees from disclosing sensitive information such as corporate credentials.”

Rob Ayoub, program director, Security Products, IDC, said, "Phishing and ransomware attacks are constantly evolving and are becoming increasingly sophisticated”.

“Isolation represents a new approach to defending against these insidious threats and is particularly useful to defend high value targets. Symantec is the first to integrate threat isolation into its email security solution."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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