While an invaluable communication tool, email remains one of the most effective and reliable threat vectors around. The reason? It still works. It's no secret email is the gateway to sensitive customer information, crucial databases and other valuable data. Attacks that leverage email as the initial point of entry provide lucrative returns for their operators. The email security market has little room to be complacent. Email security continues to evolve to keep up with increasingly sophisticated, multi-faceted threats and counteract stealth malware... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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by RSS Rick Popko  |  Aug 18, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
Today, I feel like telling you a true story that happened at Fortinet, the story of Jane Doe. Jane Doe works for Human Resources at the reception desk, so she is used to receiving lots of mail, UPS or DHL parcels for the company. Some time ago, Jane received an e-mail from DHL, notifying her they had been unable to deliver a parcel (see figure below). She does handle plenty of DHL parcels every day, consequently, she did not give this e-mail any particular attention and, quite absent-mindedly, tried to open the attachment. Fortunately, she did... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Nov 05, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research
Well that would be the usual boring answer from the guy down at the pub who isn't really entering in to the spirit of the conversation. How about this one... Be shot out of a cannon - that's pretty dangerous. But with a little thought we can make it safer. For a start, how big is the cannon? Where is it aiming? Can I wear a crash helmet? Can I land in a very large safety net? Can I get someone else to do it for me? Of course, reading email can be a pretty dangerous business to, with all those requests from your bank, or someone else's bank, to... [Read More]
by RSS Darren Turnbull  |  Apr 07, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research