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Why API-Only Email Security Vendors Leave You Vulnerable

Cloud email providers (Microsoft 365, Google Workspace) offer a robust set of APIs to provide additional services, and many email security vendors have leveraged these APIs for their solutions. API-based email security makes sense when offered as part of a comprehensive service that includes real-time protection. However, API-only approaches from vendors like Abnormal, Tessian and Armorblox have inherent shortcomings.


Here’s how relying on API-only email security vendors can increase phishing risks against your organization:

  • Although they claim to offer “risk-free” deployment without touching mail flow, integration via API, by definition, means protection is not in real-time.
  • By acting “after-the-attack,” when the threat has already reached inboxes, API-only solutions increase dwell time, the time between when a threat has already penetrated the environment and its discovery.

Why Area 1, Not API-Only Vendors?

Unlike API-only vendors, Area 1 Security is the best and only integrated cloud email security solution that preemptively stops threats before they reach inboxes.

With flexible cloud-native deployment options and no privacy risks, Area 1 closes the email security gap — and makes INBOX.CLEAN™ a reality.


SEE WHAT PREEMPTIVE SECURITY LOOKS LIKE

Area 1 Horizon API-Only Solutions
Preemptive
We stop phishing campaigns before they launch and reach inboxes.
Delayed Actions
API-only solutions can only remove threats after they’re already in inboxes. Threats sitting in inboxes increase attack dwell time, putting users and organizations at risk.
Flexible, Multi-Mode Deployments
MX, inline, connector, API or a mix. You pick what works for your architecture.
Single-Mode
API-only deployments respond to threats, but don’t preempt them.
Comprehensive Email Security
We’re a full suite, cloud-native email security solution, protecting against various threat types and covering multiple sources and vectors. With Area 1, you won’t even need a traditional Secure Email Gateway!
Supplement Only
API-only vendors are add-ons; you’ll still need additional security (such as a Secure Email Gateway or Microsoft 365 with ATP) for the threats they miss.
Scalable Performance
We’re built to handle cloud traffic spikes and are not constrained by email provider limitations. Actions like message retraction can be taken across large volumes of messages.
Limited Performance At-Scale
For API-only solutions, performance is constrained by the cloud email provider’s limitations on API actions. This also means actions are not scalable across large volumes of messages.
Complete Privacy
We provide highly accurate detections, including insider threat detection, without needing to access sensitive messages.
Privacy Concerns
API-only solutions access each message, which includes inspecting sensitive internal messages and confidential information.
Transparent to End Users
Our solution protects users without distracting banners or interfering with their productivity.
Noisy for End Users
API-only solutions rely on end-user banners, notifications and actions, contributing directly to end-user fatigue and indirectly to SOC noise.

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT AREA 1 HORIZON

We Secure Email.
Period.

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They’re my last line of defense and they catch everything. They're responsive to feedback and updating their product.

CISO
Fortune 500 Food & Beverage Manufacturer

Area 1 is an outstanding company with an incredible product. My organization has used this product for 5+ years with no downtime whatsoever. Furthermore, it has prevented dangerous phishing attacks and email-based malware propagation in our organization.

CTO
Services Industry

I can now be comfortable that all emails are in fact legitimate and aren't potentially harmful. They help me run my business with confidence.

Partner
Genero Search Group

I’m happy to say that Area 1 Security exceeded all of our expectations.

Senior DevOps Manager
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Comprehensive protection across threat types, vectors and sources.
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