Mimecast demonstrates cyber resilience techniques
IT vendor uses GISEC participation to highlight methods that deal with ransomware, spear-phishing and impersonation attacks
Mimecast Limited, an email and data security company, said it was at the fourth Gulf Information Security and Conference (GISEC) 2017, to showcase its full-range of advanced email and data security services and demonstrate enhanced cyber resilience techniques at the region's largest IT security exhibition.
Brian Pinnock, cyber resilience expert at Mimecast, said Middle East organisations have seen greater volumes of attacks last year and have suffered larger losses than other regions in the world due to cyber incidents.
Pinnock said one of the threat areas that has been mostly ignored by enterprises is email security. "More than 90% of cyberattacks start in emails," he said. "While email, itself, is seldom the end goal for the attackers, over 70% of these attacks lead to other systems in the network."
He said these email attacks predominantly feature techniques such as spear-phishing, ransomware and impersonation of key employees. "At GISEC 2017, we made visitors aware of the top cyberattack techniques being adopted by cybercriminals and demonstrated how to defend against these attacks and human errors," he said.
Pinnock added that apart from showcasing Mimecast's advanced email security services that help protect against spear-phishing, ransomware and impersonation attacks, the company also discussed cyber resilience strategies that focus on ensuring continuity during an attack and fast recovery after a threat is neutralised.
As part of its GISEC 2017 activities, Mimecast also demonstrated Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection, which helps defend against malicious links, weaponised attachments, impersonation attacks and data loss or malware from internally-generated emails.
Pinnock explained that Mimecast believes that email security is critical to ensure cyber resilience against targeted attacks and IT failure. "As email moves to the cloud such as Microsoft Office 365, advanced security still requires a defence-in-depth strategy," he said. "Mimecast protects against evolving attacks, allows organisations to keep email running during an attack and recover to a last known good state once an attack is over."
On the partner front, Jason Roos, channel director, Mimecast, said that: "Our focus is on channel partners that have the managed services play and offer value-added services over and above what the products we bring to market."
Roos said this is a big pass point for the customer base especially in the UAE, which is one of the targeted countries in the world. "I think on the whole recruitment of right partners, the door is always open for Mimecast," he said. "I think in terms of effectively going after and understanding who those right partners are is really critical for us. We have never been the kind of cast the net wide and be everything to everyone type of vendor."
That said, Roos explained that it's really important for Mimecast to align its channel business with the right type of partners. "If the partner has a good managed services play or if a distributor partner has the right training and enablement methodology with the reseller network then absolutely that's something we will entertain," he said." "But as it stands, it's really about optimising the relationships that we have got with the channel in the UAE and growing our opportunities together so that customers benefit from the products, solutions and services we are taking to market."