Trend Micro brings AI-powered business email security

Trend Micro for email securityTrend Micro announced AI- powered (artificial intelligence) business email security solution for enterprises.

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Trend Micro Writing Style DNA, which will be released in June 2018, is a new layer of protection against Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. Trend Micro said BEC attacks, which uses AI to “blueprint” a user’s style of writing, employing more than 7,000 writing characteristics.

“This is the first time I’ve seen email writing style analysis launched in our industry,” said Michael Osterman at Osterman Research. “This is a compelling demonstration of AI being used for essential cybersecurity protection against today’s most financially impactful attack vector – email.”

When an email is suspected of impersonating a high-profile user, the style is compared to this trained AI model and a warning is sent to the implied sender, the recipient and the IT department.

“In a world of increasingly sophisticated and financially damaging email fraud, multiple layers are needed to put organizations back on the offensive,” said Eva Chen, CEO of Trend Micro.

In 2017, 94 percent of all ransomware blocked by Trend Micro was distributed via email. In addition, total global losses from BEC scams are predicted to reach $9 billion in 2018, with an average loss of $132,000 per BEC incident. Businesses need to be able to thwart phishing – both through training and technology.

BEC attacks impersonate the CEO, president or managing director of a company nearly 70 percent of the time, with urgent requests for an employee to make a wire transfer or reply with sensitive data.

Writing Style DNA provides authorship analysis to complement existing AI inspection layers that focus on email intent and attacker behaviors by checking info in the email header and the email content.

TrendMicro will release Writing Style DNA in June 2018 on Cloud App Security (CAS) for Microsoft Office 365 and ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange (SMEX), and will be included with existing BEC protections at no extra cost. The beta period started mid-March (for SMEX) and the beginning of April (for CAS).

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