London, UK (18th March 2004) – Peter Cox, Vice President and co-Founder of BorderWare Technologies is more afraid of the dangers of email than he is of the jungle. Intrepid Peter Cox, a zoologist by education, frequently spends his holidays in treehouses surrounded by giant spiders. According to Peter, people have more to fear from what is being sent to their inbox than they do from the spine chilling creatures of the jungle.
“The threats against email have changed considerably in the last few years,” comments Peter Cox. “We are already seeing virus writers and hackers use spamming techniques to further their cause. In particular we have noticed a marked increase in techniques such as malformed messages, which can allow malware to bypass anti-virus detection and be delivered right into the heart of the corporate network.”
Peter Cox’s holiday destinations have included the Amazon Rain Forest, the Himalayas and the Bengal Tiger territory of Northern India. Although there are risks involved in his exotic holidays, they are counterbalanced by knowledge of the environment and creatures that dwell there. Peter believes that organisations should start treating email the same way.
“You wouldn’t dream of going into the jungle without the correct clothing, apparatus and vaccinations and yet everyday organisations take risks because they don’t fully understand the threats against email and only consider the basics - spam and viruses. Just like in the jungle, it’s not the headline hitting man-eating tiger that’s the danger, it’s the tiny mosquito carrying malaria that you need to watch out for!” he says.
According to BorderWare Technologies one of the biggest insecurities, is the platforms that email servers run on. In last twelve months, both Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes have reported numerous known vulnerabilities that could potentially lead to disruption. However, most email security products don’t address the need to provide a secure platform to protect the server, from which email security applications such anti-virus, message integrity checking or email re-routing can be launched safely.
Peter Cox continues, “Email is a complex application unlike any other within an organisation. It allows unauthenticated and unidentified connections, it makes them from an untrusted source to a trusted destination and whichever way you look at it email systems break the standard security model. And your firewall doesn’t help, leaving your email server exposed to attack. Organisations need to look beyond spam and viruses to see the real dangers that their email servers conceal.”
BorderWare Technologies has identified thirty-eight different threats against email. In all cases a firewall provides no protection and anti-virus software only protects against five percent of the identified threats. To receive a copy of the White Paper “Thirty Eight Threats against Email”, please contact Sara Claridge firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1344 876558.
BorderWare Technologies Inc. is The Security Appliances Company. The company's comprehensive network firewall+VPN and "application-specific" appliances for email, DNS, and document collaboration, protect mission-critical network resources in sensitive environments and are deployed at various military, intelligence, defence, national security agencies, and corporations worldwide. BorderWare has affiliations and partnerships with some of the industry's most prominent companies in Internet infrastructure and security including Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, RSA Security, Research In Motion, Brightmail, Kaspersky Labs, BlueCat Networks, Network Engines and SSH Communications Security. BorderWare's products are distributed through a worldwide channel of more than 500 resellers.
Founded in 1994, BorderWare is a private company headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Dubai, Dallas, San Jose, and Washington DC. For more information visit http://www.borderware.com.
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