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August 22, 2008

SonicWALL to protect against spear-phishing attacks

SonicWALL, a provider of secure network infrastructure, has announced that its customers utilizing the unified threat management and e-mail security products are protected against the most recent spear-phishing attacks targeted at US-based c-level executives.

By CBR Staff Writer

The combination of SonicWALL’s Email Security (anti-spam, anti-phishing, and email policy) and unified threat management (UTM) solutions (gateway anti- virus, gateway intrusion prevention, firewall, anti-spam, and content filtering) provide the most comprehensive multi-layered protection for business today to guard against spear-phishing attacks.

In an effort to combat the attack, SonicWALL released a Gateway Anti- Virus/Anti-Spyware signature to protect against the malware web downloads.

Boris Yanobsky, vice president of engineering at SonicWALL, said: Spear-phishing works because the spam is so targeted that recipients feel obligated to act. We predict these types of attacks will increase in the coming years. Unfortunately, traditional spam detection is focused on identifying large bulk mailings versus spear-phishing attacks. SonicWALL’s UTM approach protect customers at several layers – if for any reason the phishing gets through at the email security level, our solutions are designed to prevent an actual download.

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