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FireEye updates OS to improve security

FireEye OS 7.1 includes updates for better email security, management and IPv6

FireEye updates OS to improve security
FireEye will roll out the OS upgrade by end of this month.

FireEye has announced a major update to the FireEye OS, to provide extensive management functions, capabilities to secure IPv6 traffic, and enhanced email protection.

FireEye OS 7.1, which will be available by the end of this month, will provide additional functionality to the CM, NX and FX series of central management, security and threat prevention platforms.

The OS upgrade will allow organisations to scale central management to deployments of hundreds of FireEye appliances and automate enterprise-wide alert notifications and responses using new Web services APIs. The new version also introduces security enhancements across the board, including security analysis of IPv6 network traffic within the NX series and enhanced email analysis of malicious files delivered through HTTP in the EX series. This broad update further enhances the FireEye comprehensive solution to protecting enterprises' most critical assets from advanced malware and targeted attacks.

To combat the increasing number of email-based attacks that take advantage of weaknesses in traditional anti-virus solutions, the new release introduces dynamic scanning of URLs sent via email that link to malicious files. FireEye EX now analyses emails not only for malicious attachments, but also performs email header analysis and analyses the URLs linking to suspicious files. Email header analysis enables FireEye to apply email specific threat intelligence to enhance detection and identification of advanced persistent threats (APTs).

"Organisations of all sizes are experiencing higher volume and more sophisticated attacks as cybercriminals take advantage of weaknesses in traditional email security solutions and use the scale of the internet to their advantage," said Manish Gupta, senior vice president of products at FireEye. "With the latest version of FireEye OS we've added more capabilities to our threat protection platform to augment email security and simplified the management of virtual machine threat protection, making it easier to scale their FireEye deployment and take back the advantages of technology and scale from cybercriminals."

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