Office 365 Protection

Businesses are adopting Microsoft Office 365 at an incredible rate, but many find Office 365 protection against phishing attacks and malware leaves a lot to be desired. Microsoft does include Exchange Online Protection (EOP) as standard with Office 365, but the level of protection provided by EOP is only reasonable at best. The volume of phishing emails that are still delivered to inboxes protected by EOP has forced many businesses to look for alternative security solutions for their Office 365 environments.

A recent study by Avanan showed just how many phishing emails bypass Office 365 protections – It its tests, 25% of phishing attempts were not blocked by Microsoft’s Office 365 protection measures. Independent tests performed by SE Labs also showed that even with Advanced Threat Protection (APT), Microsoft’s second tier add-on level of protection, users can only expect protection at the low to middle market level.

For protection against sophisticated phishing attacks, email impersonation attacks, and zero-day threats, a third-party Office 365 security solution is required. One that can be layered on top of EOP and APT to provide greater protection from advanced phishing attacks and never-before-seen malware and ransomware variants.

A Defense in Depth Approach from TitanHQ

The key to email security is defense in depth. With multiple cybersecurity solutions in place, if one layer of your security fails, the other layers are there to pick up the slack. TitanHQ offers a defense in depth solution through SpamTitan Email Security for Office 365.

SpamTitan incorporates many layers of protection that work in tandem with EOP to block more threats. The extra layers of protection are now essential. New malware variants are being released at an astonishing rate. According to the independent IT security institute, AV-TEST, on average, 350,000 new malware threats are detected each day and cybercriminals are constantly developing new phishing scams and testing them against Office 365 protections to make sure they pass through unimpeded. If you want to block these threats, you need the advanced level of Office 365 protection provided by SpamTitan.

How SpamTitan Blocks Advanced Phishing and Malware Threats

Signature-based detection methods are not effective at blocking zero-day threats. Predictive techniques are needed to identify new malware variants and novel phishing attacks.

SpamTitan provides this level of protection through heuristics, Bayesian analysis, and machine learning technology, which are capable of identifying new types of phishing and spear phishing attacks and zero-day malware variants. Heuristic rules detect phishing based on the message headers and message content. Those rules are frequently updated to ensure novel phishing attacks are quickly identified and blocked.

SpamTitan performs an advanced analysis of embedded hyperlinks and compares these against multiple reputations to provide protection against the web-based element of phishing attacks. When email attachments are received that cannot be verified as benign, they are sent to a Bitdefender-powered sandbox where they are studied in detail for any malicious activities.

SpamTitan can be deployed as a gateway solution on a virtual machine within your own environment or as a cloud-based solution located in TitanHQ’s cloud or your own private cloud. Regardless of the deployment option, set up is a quick and easy process that takes just a few minutes. Once implemented, users can set spam confidence levels from permissive to highly aggressive at the domain, user-group, or user level. This is made easy thanks to integration with Active Directory and LDAP.

SpamTitan has a low maintenance overhead and is essentially a set and forget solution that will help keep your Office 365 inboxes protected without you having to commit time and effort to maintenance. You may think that such a powerful, easy to use, and easy to maintain email security solution will cost a small fortune, but you will likely be pleasantly surprised at the cost. You can protect all of your mailboxes with SpamTitan for less than the cost of APT and get even better protection from the full range of email-based threats.

If you want to improve Office 365 protection from advanced phishing, spear phishing and zero-day threats, give TitanHQ a call today and take the first step toward improving the security of your Office 365 environment.

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