London, UK (10th August 2004) – Companies that do not update their email security infrastructure to go beyond the basic spam, virus and content protection are in danger of becoming an easy target for cyber crime. This is the warning from Peter Cox, vice president of BorderWare Technologies following yet another recent spate of malware attacks.
BorderWare has detected over 38 threats directed against email of which only 5% can be prevented by anti-virus software. With malicious attacks rising and expected to grow further next year, BorderWare sees the convergence of spam, viruses and hacking techniques as just the tip of the iceberg for future attacks and the increasing role that organised crime will play in their deployment.
“Despite the technology revolution, the crimes committed against organisations haven’t changed,” says Peter Cox. “It is still the old favourites of extortion, fraud and theft. The difference is that attacks on email such as denial of service, dictionary harvesting and buffer overflows have given criminals a new slant on how to commit them.”
Cox continues, “Email is seen by hackers as the weakest link in an organisation’s perimeter security and attacks are becoming alarmingly more sophisticated in the bid to break email security and gain access to deeper areas of the network. With zero day attacks and denial of service exploits on the increase, organisations that rely solely on basic security for email are at a severe risk and it is only a matter of time before they are caught out.”
Many experts blame bad patch management but BorderWare believes that for large organisations it is not always possible to instantly install the latest patch because of incompatibilities with other applications running on same system. By upgrading their email infrastructure to include an application specific firewall that is able to protect against know and future exploits as well as spam, viruses and content, companies will achieve greater and more effective security.
“For many organisations it is not just a one off attack, often the same companies are targeted again and again. And it is not just sophisticated attacks that hackers use, the majority of email security infrastructures do not protect against simpler attacks such as sniffing unencrypted user names and passwords for POP mail accounts on the internal network. Organisations need to wise up, before it’s too late,” concludes Cox.
MXtreme Mail Firewall, The Benchmark for Email Security, is the ideal platform to replace existing mail gateways with a Certified Secure solution. It installs at the network edge to deliver the most comprehensive perimeter security for an organisation's email infrastructure. MXtreme is the only mail firewall to gain a Common Criteria EAL4+ security certification, assuring users that their email systems are protected against Denial-of-Service attacks like MyDoom, buffer overflows, directory harvesting, spam, viruses, and other vulnerabilities that could paralyse email communications. MXtreme also provides the industry's first failsafe clustering architecture for high availability to ensure zero downtime, zero latency and zero message loss.
Founded in 1994, BorderWare Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of network security solutions for enterprises and government. BorderWare has more than 5000 customers worldwide, with systems deployed at various military, intelligence, defence, national security agencies, and corporations. The company has developed affiliations and partnerships with some of the industry's most prominent companies in Internet infrastructure and security including Cisco Systems, F5 Networks, Sun Microsystems, RSA Security, Research In Motion (RIM), Brightmail/Symantec, Kaspersky Labs, and Network Engines. BorderWare is a private company headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Dubai, Ottawa, Dallas, San Jose, and Washington DC. For more information visit http://www.borderware.com.
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