What does protection against the most virulent threats today look like? There are tons of measures to take to keep your organization secure. But incorporating these five--like only Avanan can do--your organization will keep malicious threats at bay, and your business can keep on going. 

1. Protecting the Inbox

A solid cybersecurity offering will start by preventing phishing. Phishing remains the number one cause of breaches. If you don't protect the inbox from phishing, you are not protected.

There are a number of ways to do this, some more effective than others.

The legacy way is from Secure Email Gateways.

Originally designed for on-prem emails, they’ve made a poor transition to the cloud. As the only layer of defense, if an email gets past the gateway, it goes right into the inbox. 

Since the gateway doesn't stop everything, that means plenty of phishing emails reach the inbox:

Another way is how other API-based solutions do it. It works by remediating malicious emails after it reaches the inbox. This can take, on average, three minutes and three seconds. However, the average user clicks on a phishing link in one minute and twenty-two seconds. In other words, every phishing email will reach the inbox. That's not protection.

Then there's the Avanan way, which blocks malicious emails before they reach the inbox. Powered by advanced AI and ML, and integrations with Check Point's Threat Cloud, Avanan is the only email security offering that can reduce the amount of phishing reaching the inbox by 99.2%.

2. Protection Against Visiting Malicious Websites

If an email comes into the inbox with a malicious link, and a user clicks on it, not all is lost. That is where URL rewriting comes in. All links contained in an email are replaced with an Avanan link. When the user clicks on the link, Avanan checks the URL. If it is determined to be benign, the user continues without interruption. If it is malicious, it is blocked. This is especially important because many attacks are designed to detonate post-delivery, meaning they easily get by email scanners and are only dangerous after they are clicked. By rewriting the URL, that risk is eliminated. 

3. Protection Against Data Loss

According to a report from IBM, the average total cost of a data breach has increased by nearly 10%, rising from $3.86 million in 2020 to $4.24 million in 2021. Further, it takes an average of 287 days to contain a breach. 

That's why a robust data loss protection--across email, file-sharing and collaboration--is so important.

Avanan leverages the industry's most advanced tools to identify and mark files containing confidential, financial, and personally identifiable information, including credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank routing numbers. When necessary, Avanan adds a -classified suffix to the end of confidential messages or files.

4. Protection for the Entire Suite and All Lines of Collaborations

Phishing and malware don't stop at email.

In fact, there are 10,000 new malicious files discovered every day, with a key target being popular file-sharing apps.  New research finds that OneDrive accounts for 20% of all malicious downloads; SharePoint accounts for 9%.  For malicious Office documents, OneDrive and SharePoint combine for 34% of all downloads in that category. 

That threat is compounded by the fact that Microsoft ATP does not scan every file in SharePoint, OneDrive or Microsoft Teams. Rather, the files are scanned asynchronously, making it very easy to download malicious files.

Only Avanan scans, tests and executes all files using Check Point's Sandblast to ensure there's no malicious content. Beyond that, DLP tools detect leaks of PII and other sensitive data. By leveraging Avanan's advanced Artificial Intelligence, Avanan can also detect compromised attacks, insider threats and insecure configurations. 

5. Protection Against Ransomware

When you combine protection against phishing, protection against malicious URLs, protection against data loss and protection of collaboration and file-sharing apps, you get robust protection against ransomware.

Phishing remains the number one cause of ransomware. By blocking phishing messages and malicious links and files, you have created all-encompassing protection against ransomware.

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