The Solution – Targeted Threat Protection
Kogo’s solution to the ever-present threat of phishing attacks and malicious emails is Mimecast’s Targeted Threat Protection, which is a combination of two core functions – URL Protect and Attachment Protect.
URL Protect allows users to trust links in emails. Mimecast scans and replaces every link in incoming emails with a custom Mimecast link. When you click that link, Mimecast instantly opens the webpage in a cloud based sandbox, which you are not connected to, and checks that the page is safe. If the page checks out, Mimecast redirects you to the page; but if it detects phishing or spear-phishing content on the page it instead blocks the user from accessing the page, and alerts them to what was found. By scanning links that you click on the fly, Mimecast doesn’t delay your email by scanning all the links at once, and instead only scans the links that you want, when you want then.
Attachment Protect uses a similar principle, checking your files before you are exposed to harmful code. However, here Mimecast faced a problem. It would be inefficient and slow to fully sandbox each file sent to you; where the file is opened and fully examined on a safe test computer, and yet allowing malicious files through would be catastrophic.
For this reason, Mimecast Targeted Threat Detection uses an innovative 2 tier protection system. When you receive an email with attachments, Mimecast does a preliminary scan of your files and converts unsafe or open to abuse file formats, such as .doc and .jpg to .pdf files, where active malicious code cannot be run. For employees who need to simply view the file, this works fine, and they need go no further. However if you need to edit the file you have been sent, you simply press a button to request the original files. Any files you request are then fully sandboxed for threats, and safe files are passed through whereas malicious files are rejected and you are alerted to their existence.
There we have it – how Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection can help protect you and your business from malicious email attachments and spear-phishing attacks, before you even know they’ve been sent to you.
Contact us today on 01342 333000 or at [email protected] to find out more about securing your business using Mimecast and other vital cybersecurity tools.