Anti-Phishing Protection

Anti-Phishing ‘Cloud Security Service’ – Scan all incoming email embedded URL’s against the Worlds largest threat database.

Spambrella has implemented new technology to help protect you from specific threats that are distributed via email, including phishing and targeted attack–emails sent to your org/business community to trick people into giving up their network credentials. These messages and the websites they link to often look legitimate, even to the discerning eye, because they may use your own logos and valid email addresses and other contact information.

Spambrella URL Defense protects users and organizations network resources by blocking access to malicious websites. Links in all email messages are evaluated using a variety of sophisticated techniques to determine the likelihood that they lead back to phishing or malware websites.

If links can’t be definitively classified as safe when the message is received, the URL is rewritten so that clicking it will cause URL Defense to evaluate the linked website a second time. If the link is safe, you will see no difference.

Protection from Phishing and Domain Spoofing

Phishing, also known as “brand spoofing” or “carding”, is a term used to describe various scams that use (primarily) fraudulent e-mail messages, sent by criminals, to trick you into divulging personal information. The criminals use this information to steal your identity, rob your bank account, or take over your computer. Counterfeit web sites, using “hijacked” company brands and logos, are created to lure you into revealing information you would not want to be public knowledge. These digital thugs are “phishing” for any data they can obtain to prey on people and further their criminal activities.

Even the most experienced internet user can be duped into entering information based on a targeted phishing email. Often phishing emails are sent to a small number of users in order to avoid detection. This is why protection at click-time is so important in today’s ’email to web’ communication world.

The anti-phishing solution for your business

Spambrella’s anti-phishing service is now one of the most sought after service features in the cloud security marketplace. Spambrella by default runs user scan-time and click-time protection for emails that are scanned for URL reputation and IP threat. When the email is filtered, and again when the user clicks a link. This unique feature protects users from any changes in URL reputation.

User responsibility and awareness can only take your business users so far

There are many tools and service subscriptions available for anti-phishing education in today’s world, all of which disturb the day-to-day mechanics of your workforce. Common sense will go a long way to protecting your systems. However, recent surveys carried out by Proofpoint show that only a very small percentage of individuals can detect a phishing attempt. Even seasoned professionals are susceptible to making wrongful judgments.

URL Defense Functions

URL Defense has two functions, ‘scan time’ and ‘click time’. The scan time is run at the time of entry to Spambrella servers, the click time function is when the user clicks on the URL in an email. The reason the two functions are in place is that the email delivery may be hours/days before the user clicks the link.

Sophisticated (spear-phish) attacks are carried out with clean emails entering your organization with safe URLs embedded from trusted IPs/servers to bypass email security systems. Once the email is delivered, the malicious content is then added to the server/website or download link.

Our click time URL defense protects the user during this function by re-checking the destination URL/server/IP, whereas other services that claim to be leaders in Email Security do not provide this level of protection.

Spambrella AI Phishing Detection

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Spambrella email threat protection has revolutionized the way organizations defend against sophisticated email-based threats. Here are several ways AI is leveraged by Spambrella in email threat protection:

Phishing Detection: Spambrella uses AI-powered algorithms to analyze the content, structure, and context of incoming emails to identify phishing attempts. By recognizing patterns and anomalies in email headers, body content, and sender behavior, AI models can accurately detect phishing emails, even those with sophisticated social engineering techniques.

Behavioral Analysis: Our AI-driven email threat protection systems utilize behavioral analysis to identify unusual or suspicious email activity. By establishing baseline behavior for each user or group, AI algorithms can detect deviations from normal patterns, such as sudden spikes in email volume, unusual login locations, or atypical communication patterns, indicating potential security threats.

Anomaly Detection: Spambrella machine learning AI models employ anomaly detection techniques to identify email-based threats that deviate from expected norms or behaviors. By analyzing metadata, content, attachments, and sender-receiver relationships, AI algorithms can detect anomalies such as unusual email signatures, unexpected file types, or suspicious domain names, signaling potential security risks.

Content Analysis: AI-based content analysis examines the text, images, and attachments within emails to identify malicious or suspicious content. Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms analyze email content for indicators of phishing, malware, or social engineering tactics, enabling organizations to block or quarantine malicious emails before they reach users’ inboxes.

URL and Link Analysis: Spambrella AI-powered email threat protection solutions analyze URLs and hyperlinks included in emails to assess their legitimacy and safety. By comparing URLs against threat intelligence feeds, reputation databases, and historical data, AI algorithms can identify malicious links leading to phishing websites, malware downloads, or other malicious destinations, preventing users from accessing harmful content.

Zero-Day Threat Detection: AI-driven email threat protection systems can detect and mitigate zero-day threats—previously unknown or undocumented vulnerabilities or attack methods. Spambrella is continuously learning from new data and evolving threat landscapes, our AI models can adapt and identify emerging email-based threats in real-time, providing proactive protection against unknown and evolving threats.

User Behavior Analytics (UBA): Proofpoint threat teams use AI-powered UBA tools to analyze user behavior within email systems to detect anomalies, unusual activities, or potential insider threats. By monitoring email usage patterns, access permissions, and communication behaviors, AI algorithms can identify suspicious activities, compromised accounts, or unauthorized access attempts, enabling organizations to take timely action to mitigate risks.

Automated Response and Remediation: The Spambrella AI-driven email threat protection solutions automate response and remediation actions to mitigate security incidents in real time. By integrating with security orchestration and automation platforms via Proofpoint, Spambrella AI algorithms can trigger predefined actions such as quarantining suspicious emails, blocking malicious senders, or alerting security teams to investigate potential threats, reducing response times and minimizing the impact of security incidents.

Overall, AI plays a crucial role in enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and agility of email threat protection solutions, enabling organizations to defend against a wide range of email-based threats with greater accuracy and speed. Our anti-phishing technologies benefit hugely from the innovations our team and partners are taking with the fast-moving AI developments.

Further reading:

Office 365 Phishing Attacks: Educating Our Attackers…

Sandboxing URLs and Attachments

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The service is great at filtering bad email as well as junk email out while allowing clean email though. I have used a few other options over the years and this is the best I have found. Clients sometimes have trouble configuring their settings to how they want it to be. Or tag emails as approved when they shouldn't and need IT interaction to resolve. Maybe just ease of use or having a more clear way for clients to resolve basics on their own.

Brian M., Review via Gartner Capterra

Easy to onboard my customers from another spam filtering system. Very fast and haven't had any downtime in the 9 months since I have moved to Spambrella. When I have had to use support, responses where quick. I had to move all my customers from another filtering system with little notice. After I moved my customers I realised how bad the old solution I used was. Contact with Sales and Support always been professional

Allen B., Review via Gartner Capterra

It doesn't require an arcane knowledge to set the Spam filtering up, the guides are straight to the point and support staff are very helpful. Functionality wise, in short: we do not get spammed. Thanks to Spambrella.

Archiving wise, the new solution is easy to use, searches well and fast and is by far the cheapest we could find at the time. Ten year retention rocks!

Verified Reviewer, Review via Gartner Capterra

Robust, versatile, and reliable...
The reliability of the service and the level of protection that it provides. My spam levels immediately dropped to near zero.

There are almost no false positives. And I'm easily able to customize the level of protection with whitelists, blacklists, and sensitivity settings. I'm also a big fan of the antivirus and URL scanning features.

Verified Reviewer, Review via Gartner Capterra

I found spambrella to be easy to set up and has dramatically reduced the number of spam emails hitting our inboxes. It was easy to 'train' the software to release any genuine emails that were caught or add any spam that was not picked up.

Within a couple of weeks of use virtually no spam arrived to our mailboxes. Spam and phishing emails are a growing problem for everyone I'm sure. I now get a very low incidence of spam.

David F., Review via Gartner Capterra

Used the software for: 2+ years - 5/5 Overall
With an ever overloaded department, and with cybersecurity skills shortage getting worse securing the I.T infrastructure.

Offloading the task of e-mail filtering to Spambrella has dramatically helped in the department's performance. The only drawback in our case is that the service is hosted outside of our territory and thus out of the legal jurisdiction.

John P., Review via Gartner Capterra

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