September 8, 2010

Malware Protection with Proactive Security


Security threats in email have been a longtime cause for concern.

Multimillion dollar companies that say they can combat these threats have made a lucrative business by providing reactive security specific to an individual piece of code. The problem with having this type of security in your organization is your exposure to modern threats. These security providers can only update signatures to chase threats after they happen, a method that is archaic at best.

Hackers have outsmarted antivirus vendors by placing threats where traditional antivirus companies can’t find them. These cybercriminals are no longer spending their time trying to get people to click on compromised images in emails, such as free screen-savers. Instead, hackers have gone from inserting threats in emails to using email as a vehicle to transport users to compromised sites.  Today, users are literally taken for a ride (via email) to these dangerous destinations online.

When the hackers changed their strategies, antivirus vendors added more products to their existing portfolios. These additional products are positioned to tie back to their core antivirus technology and are not unified in any way.  Most antivirus companies that offer email security solutions still only focus on blocking spam and stopping threats in the email itself. The risk to exposure is higher because most of these companies don’t have proper tools in place to analyze links that contain actual JavaScript attacks within the emails. In essence, these companies are not equipped to handle silent attacks such as a boot client which can install itself and run quietly in the background.

Websense® security solutions take a different approach.  The focus at Websense has always been to create mechanisms that look at categories, not sites. By building analytic systems Websense is able to determine what type of information resides on each site. In addition, Websense Web, email, and data loss prevention solutions are all built to work together in a fully unified manner.

Users are also protected by the Websense ThreatSeeker® Network which analyzes tens of thousands of URLs in real time every single day. In June, for example, 479,000 instances of unique zero-day threats were stopped by the ThreatSeeker Network before they were detected by traditional antivirus engines.

The Websense ThreatSeeker Network, the world’s largest threat detection network, is dedicated to recognizing attacks before they happen.

By proactively scanning the Web, the Websense ThreatSeeker network can determine attacks early and can shield users’ network, data, and email with updates in real time — a proactive approach that can keep up with today’s modern threats in email and online.


Forcepoint-authored blog posts are based on discussions with customers and additional research by our content teams.

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