McAfee: end of life security. It’s not about today – it’s about tomorrow.

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McAfee (or should I say Intel Security) recently announced the end-of-life (EOL) for their email security products. Don’t panic… it’s not tomorrow but the end is nigh.

While it is a pity to see McAfee exit the email security market it is also no surprise. Despite all the rhetoric, email is far from dead and the risks are still increasing. In order to maintain a viable solution it is not about doing what you did yesterday, but rather having the continued investment and innovation to help keep email secure tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

There is a new threat

Email has long suffered with viruses and spam, but in recent years it has been the rise of phishing which has received a great deal of attention and today it is no different. But there is a new threat. One which hides inside documents which are activated when the document is opened by the unknowing user, embedding malicious content. Adding to this, the overall challenges associated with data leaks and theft, and you begin to see the need for investment in email security.

Document borne threats

Here at Clearswift we recognised the need to address the new document borne threats several years ago and Adaptive Redaction was developed to combat them and ameliorates the robust functionality of the SECURE Email Gateway. While we thought this was a great invention which could really help businesses of all sizes we were pleased to get recognition from others, picking up a number of awards, including Best Email Security Solution from SC Magazine 2015.

Adaptive Redaction today has three component parts all aimed at reducing risk;

  • Structural sanitisation – where active content is removed from documents on the way into the organization; removing any embedded malware threat and is very cost effective when compared with sandboxing.
  • The second part is document sanitization - automatically removing the hidden information in documents found in document properties (a great source of phishing information), revision history and fast save information.
  • The final part is data redaction - removing critical information which breaks policy while leaving the rest of the communication to continue to its destination. All three of these features can be used to reduce risk in either direction, so on the inbound or outbound traffic flow.

It’s not about threats of today – what about tomorrow?

While the McAfee EOL actually gives a good amount of time to find a replacement, the challenge is not just about the threats today, but rather the ones tomorrow. Having a system which hasn’t been updated to protect against the new threats puts any organization at risk. Clearswift continues to develop Adaptive Redaction and the award winning email gateway to ensure that critical information remains safe at all times and to stay one step ahead of those who would misuse it.

So, if you have a McAfee email solution, are concerned about protecting your critical information, and would like to know more, then why not get in contact?

By Dr. Guy Bunker @guybunker