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Ninety-four percent of organisations globally have suffered phishing attacks in the last 12 months and 61% say it is likely or inevitable that they will be hit with an email-borne attack, according to a new survey.

“Mimecast sees a lot of data as we process more than 300 million emails every day to help customers block hundreds of thousands of malicious emails. Mimecast Threat Intelligence helps organisations get the deep insights they need to build a more cyber-resilient environment,” said Josh Douglas, vice president of threat intelligence at email and data security company Mimecast.

“IT and security teams are often overwhelmed by the volume of information they need to track and if the intelligence they need to proactively defend their organisation is buried, their defence becomes less effective,” the security firm warns.

According to Mimecast’s latest security report - The State of Email Security Report 2019 - the cybersecurity landscape changes daily, and attackers are constantly changing their techniques to avoid detection.

“The cyberthreat landscape is dynamic, complex and driven by a relentless community of adversaries. IT and security teams need threat intelligence that is easy to digest and actionable, so they can better leverage the information to proactively prevent and defend against cyberattacks,” Mimecast notes.

Mimecast’s warnings come as the company has introduced Mimecast Threat Intelligence which it says is designed to offers customers “a deeper understanding of the cyberthreats their organisations face”.

According to Mimecast, the new features are designed to give organisations access to threat data and analytics specific to their overall organisation, “offering a more granular view of the attacks" the company has blocked.

“As the threat landscape evolves, arming our organisation and people with the best possible tools is more important now, than ever,” said Thomas Cronkright II, Esq., CEO, CertifID.

“Mimecast’s Threat Intelligence is a unique, incredibly easy to use value-added service that provides an outstanding benefit to organisations in search of a secure ecosystem.”

Mimecast says Threat Intelligence consists of a threat dashboard, threat remediation and threat feed with threat intelligence APIs that each deliver a range of capabilities including:

  • A dashboard that is designed to present information specific to each customer in a user-friendly view, giving them greater visibility and control over their security environment. The dashboard highlights end-users who are most at-risk, malware detections, malware origin by geo-location, IoCs and malware forensics based on static and behavioral analysis.
  • Threat Remediation that can be accessed directly through the Mimecast Administration Console, removing messages that contain malicious content from view, and restoring messages when necessary.
  • The Mimecast Threat Feed, which is delivered through the threat intelligence API and threat remediation API providing organisations the ability to deliver threat intelligence directly into their broader security ecosystem, including SIEMs, SOARs, next-generation firewalls, and end-point protection. Threat Intelligence APIs also help to identify and counter potential attacks and offer up remediation capabilities through the same portal by providing aggregated threat data across 35,000 Mimecast accounts, so that each individual customer can benchmark themselves against a range of company types in their geographic region, thereby offering a clearer view of threats.

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