Mimecast Launches New Email Security Solution For Internal Threats At RSA 2017

Mimecast is expanding its email protection portfolio, the company announced on Monday, adding new capabilities to protect against threats from internally generated emails.

The product was announced at the 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

The new Mimecast Internal Email Protect solution, part of the Targeted Threat Protection (TPP) service portfolio, adding capabilities to detect and remediate email threats that start from an internal email source. These capabilities are necessary to protect against social engineering, and CEO spoofing attacks, as well as compromised accounts or insider threats, Mimecast's Director of North American Channels, Sean Broderick, said.

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"We're first to market in terms of the technology and the capability. For our customers that means added layer of protection gains these threats," Broderick said.

The Mimecast Internal Email Protect solution is an add-on subscription to existing TPP licenses. Broderick said the value to partners is to provide existing value, as well as additional subscription revenue.

Broderick said the internal email threat is growing, as most solutions only defend against external threats. However, according to a Forrester study, 99 percent of companies surveyed had some form of insider security incident over the past two years, whether it be due to a compromised account, careless misuse or a malicious insider.

"We're pretty excited about it. It's going to extend our partner's reach in terms of the value to their customers," Broderick said.

Michael Goldstein, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based LAN Infotech, said this is a problem he frequently sees with his clients, with multiple incidents in particular where employees sent confidential information accidently to the wrong recipients or even the entire company. He said it should be interesting to see what Mimecast can offer in this area to solve this problem, especially for clients already using the Mimecast security solutions.

"I think it should be interesting. It is way out there from what people are used to [as a traditional email security solution], but it's definitely a need. You can put up a really good perimeter, but if you leave one of the doors open you are still vulnerable," Goldstein said. "I think this is great."