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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 21:36

MailGuard, SXP partner on cybersecurity to expand threat protection

MailGuard, SXP partner on cybersecurity to expand threat protection Image courtesy of Stuart Miles,

Cloud security software as a service provider (SAAS), MailGuard, has partnered with fellow security company, Southern Cross Protection (SXP), to enhance SXP’s core offering from physical security to include cyber-protection for its customers.

Under the deal, SXP’s Australian and New Zealand partners will have access to MailGuard cloud, web and email security solutions as a part of SXP’s security package.

Chief executive and founder of MailGuard, Craig McDonald, says the partnership will foster a safer online environment for businesses and the two companies have come together in response to a changing threat landscape.

According to McDonald, in the past, major criminal threats took the form of bank robberies and property invasions. However, modern sophisticated crime networks can access the details of thousands of individuals or companies, “with millions of dollars at risk, all online from an unknown remote location”.

“This partnership is a response to that changing threat landscape.

“Working alongside SXP, we will foster a safer online environment for businesses. It’s a common assumption that traditional anti-virus software will protect users against any and all attacks, but this is simply not the case,” McDonald stresses.

According to McDonald, as a pure-play cloud email and web solution, MailGuard is different to traditional antivirus software, protecting business against security threats like phishing, malware, spyware, viruses and spam.

“In recent times, cyber threats have become significantly more sophisticated and co-ordinated, and the toll on businesses and governments is rising. MailGuard has deployed artificial intelligence (AI) within its cloud delivery architecture to better counter fast-breaking attacks that require early detection and prevention.”

And, McDonald says MailGuard is “uniquely stackable”, able to be deployed alongside traditional antivirus and email-hosting solutions like Microsoft Office 365 and Google to improve web and email security for business, enterprise and government.

Tim Murphy, general manager IT risk for SXP, says the partnership is the next phase in the evolution of SXP, and the move is significant for many reasons.

“Since our foundation post-WWI in Melbourne, SXP’s focus has continually been on being a progressive and pioneering security company.

“Our customers’ requirements have evolved and we identified a need to provide not just traditional ‘guns and batons’ physical security, but with the increasing proliferation of cybercrime, we need to ensure our customers are protected online as vigilantly as we protect their physical assets.”


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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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