CISOs are under intense pressure to prevent breaches – while cutting costs. That’s why you need to know the three reasons to eliminate redundant email gateways from your security stack.
Replace Ineffective Email Security Gateways for the Best ROI and Performance
AREA 1’s SOLUTION:
Paying for redundant services never makes sense, especially in times of economic uncertainty. Yet for years, many organizations have been unknowingly doing just that with email security.
As cloud email providers like Microsoft Office 365 and Google Gmail continue to expand their portfolios, Secure Email Gateways (SEGs), once the de facto standard for email security, are now redundant. With an 80 percent overlap in baseline functionality between email providers and SEGs, and new solutions with superior security, SEGs no longer have a place in CISOs’ security stack.
In an effort to differentiate themselves, SEGs (which include Proofpoint Email Protection, Symantec Email Security.cloud, Cisco Email Security, Mimecast SEG and others), have in recent years pivoted to focus on advanced threat protection. Yet they have proven unable to keep up with modern threats in your cloud-forward, connected environments. From missing over 30 percent of phishing campaigns to the inability to scale on-demand, SEGs remain tied to their spam detection and hardware roots.
This begs the questions: Is it time to part with unnecessary, ineffective SEGs? Is it time to stop paying for redundant and subpar services that require endless tuning?
The answer is: Absolutely! Here are the three reasons organizations should replace their SEG, and advance to next-generation, cloud-native email security.
THREE REASONS TO ADVANCE TO NEXT-GEN CLOUD EMAIL SECURITY
- You’re paying for redundant email hygiene services
SEGs originally provided additional email hygiene services over email providers like spam detection and anti-virus protection. However, cloud email providers, including Office 365 and Gmail, now include these protections as part of their service. This overlap in functionality makes up 80 percent of a SEG’s offerings.
Basic email hygiene is already included in the email provider’s pricing, and customers can’t opt out of it. This means if your organization also has a SEG, you’re paying for email hygiene twice.
- Advanced threat protection is piecemeal and costs extra
SEG advanced threat protection comes at an additional cost priced separately from email hygiene. Yet in some cases, you must still purchase basic email hygiene features as part of the package when buying advanced threat products.
SEGs also tend to break down what constitutes “advanced threats” into multiple pieces. Depending on the vendor, you may find that phishing protection is separate from malicious URL and attachment protection.
Want protection from both types of threats? With a SEG, be prepared to pay for both (and still be charged for missed phish). Similarly, remediation, threat intelligence and other advanced security features may all need to be purchased separately.
- SEGs are missing threats, and you’re paying for their inefficiencies
Despite their advanced threat protection claims, SEGs routinely miss over 30 percent of targeted phishing attacks and campaigns. That’s because phishing tends to be low volume, uses social engineering rather than malware, and often resembles benign email communications. This is especially true of sophisticated BEC attacks, which can span multiple conversations over weeks or even months. With 95 percent of breaches caused by phish, this creates a huge security gap.
Yet you pay for the SEG despite their missed detections and security gaps. What’s more, you’re usually paying more than once. Even if they don’t result in breaches, missed detections create more triage work for downstream security operations center (SOC) teams.
Superior Security, Greater ROI and Accountability:
Three Reasons to Replace Your SEG with Area 1 Security
With underperforming SEGs falling further behind and failing to improve your cybersecurity posture, it is time to replace them with a modern email security solution capable of effectively protecting your cloud-forward organization.
Here are three reasons to replace your ineffective SEG with Area 1:
- Superior, built-to-scale email security
Area 1 Security is a cloud-native and performance-based cybersecurity company changing how businesses protect against phishing and advanced attacks. We uniquely identify attack infrastructure an average of 24 days before phishing campaigns go live. With Area 1, you will neutralize phishing threats at the source before these threats can do you harm.
Not only does Area 1 protect you with typical SEG capabilities (including anti-spam and anti-virus protection, URL rewriting, attachment scanning and sandbox detonation), you will also be preemptively protected from sophisticated phishing attacks (including Types 1, 2, 3 and 4 BEC attacks described by Gartner).
Many of our customers who have deployed Area 1 with SEGs end up finding their SEG redundant, as we catch all of the attacks, including those the SEG misses.
Furthermore, because we’re completely built in the cloud, we’re able to scale dynamically and ensure business continuity. Our customers get continuous product enhancements and updates for protection against the rapid emergence of novel cyber threats.
- Greater ROI and lower TCO
Area 1’s superior security performance and scalability means a better return on investment over SEGs. Our single platform includes threat detection — covering all advanced threats and phishing — as well as response, resulting in greater spend efficiency.
Organizations will also save SOC teams time and reduce workload through better phishing detection and email security automation capabilities.
- Accountability that’s fully aligned to your anti-phishing success
Area 1 believes in accountability, and we believe you should pay only when cybersecurity works. We’re the only company in the industry offering unprecedented, performance-based protection. Unlike SEGs, our customers only pay for malicious detections; there’s no charge for suspicious, spam, or spoof verdicts.
To experience better email security and eliminate redundant SEG costs, request a free Area 1 Phishing Risk Assessment today.