Capabilities ATP SEGs API Solutions
Critical Capabilities
One click setup  
Layered security  
Invisible to hackers  
File sharing and chat protection  
One interface for threat management  
Advanced Threat Prevention
In-line scanning  
Intradomain/internal scanning  
Inbound scanning  
Outbound scanning  
Malware sandboxing  
Breach detection  
Domain spoofing protection  
Brand spoofing protection  
HTML sanitization  
ShadowIT visibility  
Post-delivery protection  
Historical scanning  
User education  
Phishing reporting add-on  
Customizable notifications for end-users  
Threat Remediation
Post-delivery forensics and email analysis  
Real-time report of affected inboxes  
One-click quarantine (Mail Explorer)  
Zero-day attack signature creation  
Full-Suite Protection
Data Leakage Protection (DLP)  
Secures OneDrive  
Secures SharePoint  
Secures Slack  
SIEM integration  
In-line deployment  
Maintains MX record  
Out-of-band/non-inline deployment  
Integrates with existing security  
Group-based policy  
Agentless deployment  
Enterprise scalability  
Anti-virus and malware protection  
URL protection  
URL rewriting  
Basic phishing protection  
Basic domain spoofing prevention  
Server-to-server TLS support  
DKIM/SPF/DMARC enforcement  
Email encryption  
Logging for compliance  
Malware static analysis  

Some common questions about comparing Avanan to other types of solutions for email security: 

API-Based Solutions

Avanan differs from the other API-based solutions in a lot of ways (securing the entire suite, scanning for malware with best-of-breed security). The biggest difference is the fact that the platform protects the inbox via a patented approach . Other solutions require a separate layer of defense like an MTA to truly protect the inbox (as Gartner discusses).  Further, Avanan is the only API-based solution that's a Gartner Peer Insights 2019 Customers Choice for Email Security. 

MTA-Based Solutions

Mail Transfer Agents (MTAs), also called Secure Email Gateways (SEGs) based solutions sit in front of the email infrastructure (e.g, Microsoft Office 365) as the first layer of defense. They are designed for the security of on-premises email and as a result, natively lack key capabilities such as internal-to-internal email protection, compromised account monitoring, SharePoint/OneDrive security, and clawback/ Search and DestroyTM capabilities, to name a few. Further, they generally bypass the default anti-spam capabilities which drastically reduces overall security capabilities.

The Avanan platform, as a solution that's embedded within the cloud email environment (i.e. Office 365), is an additional layer of protection after default security, such as Exchange Online Protection (EOP) Again, the emphasis is on PREVENTION. 


85% of Avanan customers have tried or used Microsoft's Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) without success.  The key reasons they left ATP was because it missed the highly targeted and more sophisticated spoofing attacks. It's commonly considered that threat actors have purchased their own Office Licenses, and hone their attacks to evade EOP and ATP.  In a recent study, we found ATP to have missed over 30% of the confirmed phishing attacks were blocked by Avanan. 

Avanan Attack Briefs are a good resource, were Avanan Security Researchers diagnose how these attacks bypasses the default and advanced security layers in Office 365.  The zWasp Attack, for example, targeted those vulnerabilities to bypass safelinks. 


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