J030-Content-Freeing-your-network-from-zombies_SQA few weeks ago we listed the 12 worst botnets of the past decade and last week security experts rejoiced as the Simda botnet was taken out of action. While Simda being taking offline is great news it is important to keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure, even when it comes to a zombie apocalypse infecting your network.

To stand a chance against today’s widespread security threats, end users have to be informed and proactive. But let’s face it, in today’s world, spam and malware is more complex, pervasive and difficult to detect let alone block than ever before. Even the most proficient IT user can be easily tricked into opening an infectious attachment or clicking on a dangerous phishing link.

The second an employee opens such an attachment, all hell can break lose across your network. Not only can your network go down, but you risk data and productivity losses. Even worse is the impact on the company’s reputation if the network is infected and becomes a botnet of zombies.

A zombie is a computer that has been compromised either by a hacker, computer virus or Trojan and can then be used to different malicious tasks under remote direction. Botnet zombies are often used to spread email spam and launch denial-of-service attacks.

To protect their networks from zombies or worse, organizations need a reliable and robust solution, like VBSpam+-certified GFI MailEssentials, that blocks malicious and spam email at the gateway, ensuring that email going in and out of the employees’ inboxes is clean and safe.

GFI MailEssentials actively monitors and secures the organization’s critical business information flow using a combination of:

1.  Up to 5 leading antivirus engines that protect users from malware and phishing attacks

GFI MailEssentials’ multiple anti-malware scanners approach drastically reduces the average time to obtain virus signatures which detect and block the latest threats. This is achieved by leveraging each vendor’s strength in terms of speed to detect and neutralize new threats. Overall, more virus engines means better protection.

A GFI MailEssentials subscription includes the BitDefender and VIPRE AV engines as a standard. Additional AV add-ons powered by Kaspersky, McAfee and Avira are options.

2.  14 email hygiene engines delivering a 99.9% spam capture rate (VBSpam+ certified) with zero false positives

GFI’s email exploit engine keeps you safe from attacks that can use email as a threat vector. Unlike other technologies that offer protection from file-based or endpoint based attacks, GFI MailEssentials protects servers from email-based attacks, unlike other.

The software has a Trojan and executable scanner. The scanner uses built-in intelligence to rate the risk level by disassembling the executable, detecting what it might do and comparing its actions to a database of malicious actions. It will then quarantine the suspected files preventing them from making network connections, in turn infecting your network.

Advanced user-based filtering rules enable flexible and granular filtering of any part of the email message. GFI MailEssentials can also make sure that sent and received attachments are of a file type that is in line with company policy. It also uses real file type detection technology so that techniques such as file extension renaming cannot be used to bypass checks. An IT admin can choose to block all incoming emails with potentially malicious attachment types.

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