A Good Start, But Not Nearly Enough

Committing to Office 365 security best practices is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your data.  Here are several best practices recommended by Gartner, some or all of which you may already be familiar:

  • Secure Email Content: It’s recommended you use multiple antivirus engines to increase detection and prevention of threats. For example, use one antivirus engine at the email gateway and use another for your endpoint systems.
  • Review Secure Email Gateways: Review and consider SEGs that scan for URL links and attachments with active content that cannot be blocked by policy (such as PDF and Microsoft Office file types). Strip out or quarantine all executable content from email attachments, and ensure that all email content types and attachments are being evaluated for malware.
  • Secure Mobile Devices: Recognize that all mobile devices must be equipped with endpoint security technologies, mobile device security, and secure Web and email gateway services because their network traffic does not pass efficiently through legacy network defenses.

While these best practices are all advisable, many malicious emails contain zero-day attacks with ransomware, viruses, and other malware that have never been seen before. No matter how committed you are to keeping up with best practices, these zero-day attacks can still slip through the cracks.

Vade Secure Augments and Extends Office 365 Security Best Practices

The solution is Vade Secure, a real-time scanner of email threats on a global scale that utilizes threat centers worldwide to analyze millions of messages every day.

Vade Secure’s full solution aligns with many of the best practices described above, offering a way to extend a suggested best practice even further to better defend against cyber threats.

Vade Secure augments several Office 365 security best practices in the following ways:

  • We use a webpage exploration engine that protects email recipients from URL-based phishing attacks at the “time of click.”