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Are the Email Attack Wars Over?


When was the last time you got hit with an attack via email? Virus-borne email? Malicious Email? Sure, a lot of spam gets handled by our Webroot Email Security service but, it’s mostly just junk mail anymore. So, have the bad guys given up? Not hardly. Just moved on to “easier pickin’s”.

New battleground – Web 2.0

Over 70% of all organizations have some sort of email security now. The thieves are looking for easier targets. Where? According to IDC and several other, 85% of all network attacks now come in via the browser. Normally safe websites often can be hijacked to propagate malware. The average hijacking lasts just 52 hours. Beyond that, according to Gardner, 37% of all information leaks come from web mail/postings. Facebook, Myspace and Bebo have become major distributors of malware.

“Yeah but, we’ve already got protection at the desktop!” As important as that is, web security needs to go go beyond just desktop protection. It must also be able to prevent data leakage, URL filtering, do audit logging and reporting. And oh, by the way, how about warning the user if the site they just found on a search is a bad site!

What’s available?

Firewall web proxies have been around for years. Some organizations use them, others not so much. However, now web security is available in the “cloud”.

btn_demo“Yeah but, won’t it slow down the user’s browser?”

That’s what concerned us as we moved into the Web Security SaaS model. The answer depends on which vendor you are discussing. Webroot’s Web Security SaaS doesn’t impede browsers in the slightest.

So, we can get rid of our email security?

Not hardly. While spam has been mostly relegated to the “junk mail” category, there are still bad guys out there. The good news is that excellent email security SaaS is now available at “commodity” pricing.

Posted on : Oct 06 2009
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