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Network Box launches anti-PHISHing service for businesses

  • 22 September, 2004 16:43

<p>Network Box, the only provider of comprehensive, continually updated and managed security systems for multi-threat protection - has launched the first MSP-based anti-PHISHing specific defence in Australia. Developed in response to the recent increase in PHISHing-style attacks globally, the service uses a new signature set developed by Network Box to specifically target and block these rapidly emerging and dangerous attacks.</p>
<p>Network Box has blocked such threats to date by treating them as HOAX class attacks. The signature set recently released effectively identifies and blocks Phishing emails - treating them in the same manner as a virus and alerting the intended recipient to the problem.</p>
<p>According to Mark Webb-Johnson, Network Box Security Response Chief Technical Officer, Network Box security specialists analysed over 1,000 different samples of PHISHing-style emails to create this signature set.</p>
<p>“The anti-PHISHing sub-system we’ve launched today is designed to track both existing and emerging PHISHing-style attacks. As with all other Network Box protection, the threat signatures will be continually updated and maintained by security specialists, and pushed out, in real time, to customers of the service,” said Mr Webb-Johnson.</p>
<p>Michael Grace, Network Box GM Sales and Marketing, noted the service will help resellers who are focused on the security market by providing a significant point of service differentiation. He also confirmed that Network Box will continue to develop threat specific responses on a proactive basis.</p>
<p>“PHISHing has unfortunately come to the fore in Australia over the past few months, with a number of successfully targeted attacks. This new addition to the Network Box service allows our reseller partners to actively support their customers and indeed reach into new customer sets, by offering a unique and invaluable service,” said Mr Grace.</p>
<p>Network Box has a track record of taking the initiative to develop and release threat specific responses. The most recent example before this was the development of a new engine to address the threat presented by the Bagle worm’s use of encrypted ZIP files.</p>
<p>The term PHISHing is commonly used to refer to the act of fishing for personal information, such as credit card numbers, PIN numbers, bank accounts, etc. It is commonly used by malicious criminals to obtain the victims information prior to financial exploit or identity theft.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>All existing Network Box customers will automatically receive the signature set and anti-PHISHing service as a standard service update at no extra charge. The service will also be provided as a value added benefit for all future Network Box customers.</p>
<p>Ends</p>
<p>Network Box Australia was founded in 2002 and is part of the Network Box Corporation which operates in over 35 countries around the world, managing the perimeter and gateway security of over 3000 sites ranging in size from SOHO to large, multinational enterprises.</p>
<p>The company’s flagship product, the Network Box Internet Threat Protection device, is actually a service. Combining a full range of sophisticated security functions, packaged into a single appliance, each Network Box is remotely monitored, maintained, updated and managed 24/7 by a global network of Security Operations Centres (SOCs). This device ensures that businesses are protected from hackers, worms, viruses, backdoors and other online menaces easily and cost-effectively.</p>
<p>Network Box Australia operates a SOC in Melbourne and Canberra. Its customer’s include Toyota, Nintendo, Boise Cascade, and Oce Australia. Visit www.network-box.com.au.</p>
<p>For more information please contact Pru Quinlan at Einsteinz Communication on behalf of Network Box Australia. Telephone (02) 9965 7227 or pru@einsteinz.com.au</p>

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