Blue Coat Systems, Inc announced the addition of Mail Threat Defense to its portfolio of Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) solutions. With the addition of mail threat defense, Blue Coat provides in-depth protection against the common trifecta of attack vectors – web, email and network –for unparalleled defense against advanced threats across the enterprise.
Email is a potent channel for malicious intent and highly successful targeted attacks. According to Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, the email attack vector accounts for 80% of APT malware used for cyber-espionage. Blue Coat Labs recently 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 cyberattack framework.
“As email phishing and other malware schemes grow increasingly sophisticated and deceptive, even the most well-meaning, cautious employees can be fooled into clicking on a malicious attachment, leading enterprises to seek additional protection for this critical but sometimes overlooked threat vector,” said Dr. Hugh Thompson, CTO and senior vice president of Blue Coat. “The majority of work 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. Our new Mail Threat Defense allows employees to be both productive and protected.”