The leading provider of human layer security, Egress, recently announced getting their hands on Aquilai, an anti-phishing provider with natural language processing technology and machine learning that puts all targeted email attacks, impersonation and spear phishing attempts to a halt. Egress Intelligent Email Security platforms are strengthened due to the acquisition of Aquilai.

Egress and Aquilai are a powerful combination that will provide customers with protection against all inbound cyberattacks targeting employees and real-time outbound email security for shared data, including inadvertent data loss and email encryption. Due to the increased volume and sophistication of targeted phishing attacks, security leaders need an intelligent, non-disruptive email security solution that detects multi-vector exploits and thwarts zero-day attacks. With seamless integration, Microsoft Outlook will enable organisations to effectively defend against email data loss and the increasing number of attacks targeting the 365 platform.

The acquisition will begin immediately with the launch of Egress Defend, incorporating Aquilai’s anti-phishing technology and the following key capabilities:

Egress CEO Tony Pepper comments: “Organisations face a daily onslaught of targeted attacks via email that are designed to exploit employees. By acquiring Aquilai, Egress will expand its protection over our customers’ human layer to ensure they can defend against targeted inbound attacks and outbound data loss as employees share content. I’m also personally delighted to welcome Jack Chapman as our new VP of Threat Intelligence and look forward to working with him to help our customers level-up in their fight against phishing.”

Chapman comments: “Aquilai is the perfect fit to advance Egress’ mission to secure the human layer, adding sophisticated anti-phishing capability to existing products that secure outbound content as it is shared by employees. I’m also delighted to be joining Egress as VP of Threat Intelligence to further accelerate the company’s high growth in EMEA and North America.”

As a result of the acquisition and launch of Egress Defend, the Aquilai Ajax brand will be retired from 1st June 2021.

So how can Adepteq help?

We partnered with Aquilai to provide our clients with leading edge protection against the most common (and costly!) form of cyber attack. Once we understand your environment we will provide a proposal to deploy Egress Defend to work alongside your existing defences, with licences on a per user basis.

Adepteq can provide an online demo and arrange a 10-day free Proof of Value, so you can see how Egress Defend works in your environment. Simply visit our page to arrange your online demo and to speak to our experts.

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Microsoft Teams has seen huge success since it's launch back in 2017. Now with an even greater amount of users working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic the numbers have skyrocketed. Unsurprisingly however, there will always be little bit of bad to go along with the good, and the increase in success has unfortunately attracted some new phishing scams.

We at Adepteq would like to remind users what to look out for and how to stay safe and secure while working remotely. 

A new phishing scam disguised as a Microsoft Teams notification.

Phishing scams are nothing new, and they are an easy way for people to steal personal information from those who are perhaps not as tech savvy.
The latest attempt has targeted Microsoft Teams users disguising an email notification from an intruder as a message from Microsoft Teams.

The aim is to steal login credentials by asking them to sign in from the link provided in the email. 

Microsoft Teams notification

The message states that users have unread messages left by teammates in Teams. The attached link takes users to a fake landing page created to look like real web pages for Microsoft Teams.
This is particularly dangerous at a time when users online activity is higher than ever and may click first without checking.

"Since the imagery found throughout this attack is actual imagery used by the legitimate provider, the recipient may be more convinced this is a legitimate email. This holds especially true on mobile where images take up most of the content on the screen."

How did they do it?

Due to several URL redirections it has been difficult for email protection services to find the hosting address and mark the email as dangerous.

There have been 2 observed methods which the attackers use to steal information.
The first being an email containing a link to a document which asks recipients to log in. This takes them to the fake landing page disguised as Microsoft Office. The other method has been a YouTube link which redirects multiple times and finally lands users on the same impersonating landing page.

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"If a recipient falls victim to the attacks, their login credentials get compromised, attackers may gain access to Microsoft Office 365 services also. The attack targets for than 50,000 employees to steal login credentials."

Stay Safe. Stay Secure.

We would like to offer a friendly reminder to all users of any online service to stay safe and vigilant when working online. 
Do not click links in emails, and always double check where you are when entering important information.
If you get a notification asking you to sign in or download any files, always play it safe. Close the email, and open up the Teams app to check yourself.

If there is ever anything you are unsure about or think is a phishing scam then contact us here at Adepteq.

We protect Adepteq with the Ajax Intelligent Phishing Detection solution, which we have also deployed for clients. We would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate this to you and help ensure your users do the right thing.

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