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The New Breed of Email-based Cyber Attacks - and What it Takes to Defend Against Them

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Executive Summary

As security teams look to shore up their organization's vulnerabilities, email represents a critical attack vector to address. Through highly targeted email attacks known as spear phishing, attackers are consistently compromising the security defenses in place, proving the need for a next-generation threat protection platform.

FireEye research indicates that, on average, organizations encounter malware events once every three minutes. Today's new breed of cyber attacks routinely circumvent firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, anti-virus, and other defenses. Legacy security technologies that rely on signatures, blacklists, and other indicators are not working because today's threats are dynamic, targeted, and multi-staged.

This report, which features the Gartner research "Email Security Focus Shifts to Address the Risks of Targeted Attacks and Data Loss", focuses on one of the multi-vector attributes of today's attacks -- the email threat vector.

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