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CRN's 2018 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach




Proofpoint’s Targeted Attack Protection Isolation offering separates web content to provide corporate users with safe and anonymous access to web and internet browsing while protecting the endpoint and the corporate network. Recently introduced Targeted Attack Protection sandbox environments feature enhanced phishing detection capabilities that catch a wider variety of phishing attacks while speeding up scanning and response times. Notably, Proofpoint’s Targeted Attack Protection also integrates with the Palo Alto Networks’ WildFire malware analysis service. Chuck Crawford, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Kansas City, Mo.-based Fishtech, called the integration a “big differentiator” for Proofpoint. Targeted Attack Protection provides “holistic visibility” to security teams, Crawford said, giving a “far more consolidated view of what else is going on in their network.”

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: SonicWall Email Security 9.2 

With version 9.2 of SonicWall’s Email Security offering, the company has introduced new capabilities for quarantining and blocking emails with malicious URLs while also integrating with Google G Suite for improved data loss prevention and advanced threat protection.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Barracuda Cloud-Delivered Web Application Firewall 

The recent release of Barracuda’s Cloud-Delivered Web Application Firewall (WAF)—which the company describes as “WAF-as-aService”—offers protection for web applications and websites against attacks such as DDoS, zero-day and SQL injection, while enabling a self-managed approach and simplified deployment.

Finalist: Mimecast Domain Name System Security Gateway 

The Mimecast Domain Name System (DNS) Security Gateway guards against malicious activity initiated by user action or malware while blocking access to websites deemed unsafe or inappropriate. Combining Mimecast DNS Security Gateway with the Mimecast Secure Email Gateway services, the offering is easy to deploy and protects against the prevalent cyberattack vectors of email and web.

Finalist: Trend Micro Writing Style DNA 

Trend Micro Writing Style DNA sounds the alarm when emails are suspected of impersonating an executive or another high-profile user as part of a business email compromise attack. The product uses artificial intelligence to “blueprint” a user’s style of writing—and sends out warnings when an email is suspected of impersonating a high-profile user.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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