FirstWave Cloud Technology delivers broad spectrum email protection with further phishing filter enhancements
Following the release of the C-Level Impersonation filter to protect specific company C-Level executives and officers from ‘whaling’ attacks, FirstWave Cloud Technology introduces another advanced phishing protection feature on its market- leading ESPTM Mail cloud security platform - Typo Domain Filter.
Squarely designed to deflect and block sophisticated email phishing threats targeting the wider attack surface of email users at any organisation level in the enterprise, this new filter will deliver added email threat protection and peace of mind for businesses and enterprises.
Cyber attackers can take advantage of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) with special character sets to create and send phishing emails from servers using legitimately-established domain names indistinguishable to most recipients from well-known or trusted domain names. These are sometimes known under the banner of homograph attacks or imposter email attacks.
Moreover, attackers can apply this technique and use a homograph of a company’s own domain name or names to trick employees of that company to accept and click on links in emails that appear to be legitimately coming from within their own organisation.
The majority of existing email security and phishing filters cannot assure they will block such an attack. Standard sender domain authentication techniques used by email transport nodes and email security gateways, such as SPF and DKIM, can be penetrated because these homograph domains can appear authentic in the DNS system.
To provide a robust, broad yet enterprise specific defence against this form of attack, FirstWave Cloud Technology has introduced the Typo Domain filter. Using advanced ‘fuzzy matching‘ software library algorithms in its ESPTM Mail platform, rigorously tested against a wide range of homograph domain attack scenarios, this new filter will provide high protection efficacy and very low false positives. This will address shortcomings in other secure email solutions.
To deliver maximal IT security assurance, the typo domain filter will automatically protect all customer domains already configured on the FirstWave cloud Mail security service, without the need for any customer administrator configuration action.
This announcement is a continuation of FirstWave Cloud Technology’s investment in its unique cloud based intelligent content security platform to deliver broad spectrum protection for the specific needs of its business and enterprise customers.