Phish of the Week: The power of Cloudflare + Area 1 Security

Cloudflare Plans to Acquire Area 1 — What Does This Mean for You?

Since Area 1’s inception, our mission has always been to eliminate the #1 source of cybersecurity incidents — phishing attacks. And with Cloudflare’s announcement of their intent to acquire us, that mission just received a significant turbo boost.  

Email is the primary means of digital communication across and within organizations. It also remains the primary threat vector, responsible for well over 90% of all breaches. 

Even as the industry moves toward a Zero Trust approach for securing their organizations, email has never been considered a part of that architectural shift. And that’s just plain wrong. 

In fact, our implicit trust in all things email creates an unfair advantage that attackers consistently exploit. Including email security as part of a Zero Trust architecture allows organizations to eliminate their biggest cybersecurity risk. That, to us, is no longer a luxury but a necessity in today’s digital-first world, which thrives on open communications across organizations. 

Combining Area 1’s efforts with Cloudflare’s vast reach and resources will help more organizations get to a clean inbox, and — by extension — help create a more secure and safer Internet for each of us. 

For our customers and partners, this acquisition means faster access to better, broader services. For everyone else, this is a great time to see how you can achieve a clean, threat-free inbox by using Area 1.

To learn more, read our blog “A Clean Internet Begins with a Safe Internet” here.

CRN Interview with Area 1 Security’s Steve Pataky: ‘We Believe It’s Possible to Have a Clean Inbox’

As noted in this CRN story, $253 million of the $400 million in potential losses Area 1 stopped last year for customers were associated with BEC attacks.

Other security defenses can’t identify adversaries who leverage legitimate (but compromised) user accounts to jump in “mid-conversation” in an existing email thread between a vendor and its customer. In these attacks, the adversary impersonating the supplier will provide fraudulent wire transfer instructions to the unsuspecting customer. BEC can impact organizations of any size, but we’ve seen fraudulent BEC requests of over $30 million. 

To learn how to keep your inbox free of BEC threats, read the CRN interview here

Meet the Team Behind Area 1’s Award-Winning Accelerate Partner Program

In 2021, the team behind Area 1 Security’s Partner Program grew its partner base (including new MSSPs) by 150%, and launched three partner programs, including PhishU–a new self-paced sales and technical enablement platform, a new partner portal and deal registration program.

Read this new blog to learn about the women behind the Accelerate Partner Program Team, including their advice to other women considering a career in the Channel and opportunities for cloud email security partners in 2022.


Shalabh Mohan

VP, Product at Area 1

With a career spanning 20 years fighting bad guys online, Shalabh leads all product and go-to-market functions at Area 1 Security, with extensive prior experience across security, enterprise, and cloud infrastructure companies such as Aspen Networks, IronPort Systems, Cisco and Bracket Computing. Shalabh and his teams have taken products from conception all the way to large scale businesses; and in the process have consistently helped make the Internet a safer place. An alumnus of Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, Shalabh holds five patents and can claim to know something about enterprise infrastructure and security.