Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Wombat Security Technologies Introduces New Release of PhishPatrol, its Industry-Leading Anti-Phishing Email Filter
Wombat Security Technologies today announced the release of a new version of PhishPatrol®, a highly sophisticated e-mail filter designed to strengthen a business’s current filtering system by catching many of the phishing emails missed by leading anti-spam/anti-virus software. Tests have shown that PhishPatrol catches many of the targeted phishing (“spear phishing”) attacks, including many zero-hour attacks that would otherwise go undetected by leading anti-spam/anti-virus filters. PhishPatrol’s outstanding results are made possible by cutting-edge predictive technology initially developed by Wombat’s co-founders at Carnegie Mellon University. This technology has been further enhanced at Wombat to combine multiple layers of analysis that look at each email from a number of complementary perspectives.
Industry analysts have recognized the need for organizations to focus on identifying and filtering out phishing emails given the significant and growing costs of these attacks. PhishPatrol is designed to enhance an organization’s existing anti-spam and anti-virus filters by leveraging a multi-layered approach. Each layer analyzes emails based upon a number of contextual attributes which range from structural email elements, linguistic features, and reputation mechanisms that in combination are very effective at identifying a full range of phishing attacks. The latest release of PhishPatrol also incorporates a new user interface that enables administrators to easily configure the product and view detailed reports and statistics.
“Current high-profile attacks on government and private sector organizations demonstrate that existing e-mail filters continue to miss a large percentage of phishing emails,” said Wombat’s President & CEO, Joe Ferrara. “In particular, research shows that these filters have a really hard time catching customized spear phishing attacks aimed at smaller groups of employees. Yet, these attacks are often the most successful and the most damaging.”
Today’s leading anti-spam/anti-virus filters fail to catch many phishing emails because they continue to rely primarily on manually maintained “blacklists” and email signatures. These blacklists and email signatures are generally known to be hours, if not days, behind.
“Research shows that 50 percent of users who fall for phishing attacks read their email within 2 hours from the time it reaches their inbox and this percentage reaches 90 percent within 8 hours”, said Dr. Norman Sadeh, Wombat’s co-founder and Chief Scientist. Therefore, a lag of even just a few hours can have devastating consequences for users.”
Wombat’s PhishPatrol works alongside existing anti-spam/anti-virus filters to strengthen the results and enhance a company’s defenses.
Two Lines of Defense against Phishing Attacks
Organizations that really want to protect themselves against cyber-attacks and sophisticated phishing schemes should adopt a two-pronged approach by (1) implementing an effective anti-phishing filtering solution and by (2) teaching employees how to recognize and avoid phishing emails, because no filtering solution will ever be able to catch everything. By deploying PhishPatrol in combination with Wombat Security’s award-winning Security Training Platform, security officers can rest easy knowing that they’ve done everything they can to protect their companies from phishing attacks — from enhancing their email filters to raising the preparedness of their workforce.
A free 60-day trial of PhishPatrol is available today. For more information about PhishPatrol or the Wombat Security Training Platform, please visit http://www.wombatsecurity.com/phishpatrol.
Article courtesy of Virtual-Strategy Magazine