Check Point expands SandBlast security to Cloud-based email

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Check Point Software Technologies today announced SandBlast Cloud that prevents cyber criminals from using email as a primary entry point for attacks.

SandBlast Cloud is designed to safeguard Microsoft Office 365 email customers from threats such as ransomware and APTs. SandBlast Cloud also includes Check Point’s CPU-level detection and Threat Extraction capabilities, preventing attacks from reaching users.

Email attachments are the most common avenue for crimeware delivery. Users opened and clicked on about 12 percent of malicious attachments they received, according to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

The median time to first click these attachments was 3 minutes and 45 seconds from initial receipt.

Nathan Shuchami, head of advanced threat prevention, Check Point, said: “SandBlast Cloud brings one of the highest levels of protection in the industry to Office 365 email customers in a pure cloud solution that delivers safe content quickly, with full visibility and management through its cloud-based portal.”

SandBlast Cloud provides Office 365 users with multi-layered defenses to protect from both known and unknown threats. Antivirus and URL Reputation protection secure users from known threats, while advanced capabilities including Threat Emulation and Threat Extraction prevent unknown malware and zero-day threats from reaching end-users.

Meanwhile, Check Point Software Technologies published its latest Threat Index, highlighting the most prevalent malware families being used to attack organizations’ networks and mobile devices globally in April 2016.

Check Point identified 2,000 unique malware families in April, which was more than a 50 percent increase on the previous month.

Researchers found XcodeGhost, a compromised version of the iOS developer platform Xcode, is still an imminent threat to enterprise mobile devices, even though it was pulled from the Apple App Store in September 2015. In general, attacks targeting iOS devices moved into the top three of most common mobile malware for the first time.

Android malware HummingBad remained in the overall top-10 of malware attacks across platforms globally during the period.

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