Trend Micro Report Reveals Mounting Cloud Email Threats to Office 365 Require Second Layer of Defense

Cloud App Security report highlights the dangers of relying solely on
built-in email security

Micro Incorporated
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that its Cloud App Security tool blocked nearly nine million high-risk
email threats in 2018 as attackers continued to evolve their tactics,
highlighting the importance of investing in multi-layered protection for
online platforms like Office 365.

The findings from Trend Micro’s Cloud App Security report detail how
escalating email threat levels are exposing organizations to an
increased risk of fraud, spying, information theft, and spoofing. As
email remains a staple communication and collaboration tool globally, it
is convenient for cybercriminals to leverage this integral, trusted
platform for compromising attacks.

“Organizations are increasingly looking to cloud email services to boost
productivity and agility, but the Cloud App Security report reveals
that—from credential phishing to business email compromise (BEC) and the
use of unusual file types—hackers are employing a variety of new tactics
to evade built-in controls, making it critical to invest in a second
layer of defense,” said Kevin Simzer, chief operating officer at Trend

As the report reveals, email remains one of the most popular threat
vectors. In total, the solution detected and blocked nearly 9 million
high-risk email threats in 2018. This number was even after Cloud App
Security was used as a second filter for emails that passed through
Office 365. A Trend Micro customers’ detection result is available in
the report.

This underscores that sophisticated, multi-layered security is
imperative for cloud-based email security as part of the shared
responsibility model.

Simzer continued, “Microsoft is a valued partner of ours and by no means
the only provider targeted by these evolving tactics. While its internal
controls are a great starting point, organizations must take shared
responsibility for security in the cloud. Think of third-party email
protection as the tires of your favorite car — an essential add-on.”

To improve the tool’s detection rates even further, Trend Micro has
added new capabilities that combine Computer Vision and Artificial
Intelligence technology to “see” fake websites. This additional
technique is applied to suspected phishing emails after filtering based
on sender, content, and URL reputation.

The new capabilities sit alongside other Trend Micro email security
features. These strategic offerings include AI-powered Writing Style DNA
to combat BEC attacks, machine learning-based detection of suspicious
email content, sandbox malware analysis, document exploit detection, and
file, email, and web reputation technologies. Cloud App Security also
leverages the power of the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, which
blocked more than 41 billion email threats in 2018.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,
helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide
layered security for data centers, cloud workloads, networks, and
endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat
intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized
visibility and investigation, enabling better, faster protection. With
more than 6,000 employees in 50 countries and the world’s most advanced
global threat research and intelligence, Trend Micro enables
organizations to secure their connected world. For more information,


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