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Symantec Launches Email Threat Isolation Solution

Symantec on Tuesday unveiled a new solution designed to help protect enterprises against email-based attacks using threat isolation.

According to the security firm, the new Email Threat Isolation technology can block advanced email attacks, including spear phishing, credential theft and account takeover attempts, and ransomware.

The solution creates what Symantec describes as a secure remote execution environment between the user and the potentially malicious content.

Specifically, Email Threat Isolation sends traffic from the links included in suspicious emails to this secure environment. All potentially malicious elements remain confined in this isolated environment while the user is only shown a safe visual representation of the content.

The solution can also render websites in read-only mode, which helps prevent employees from entering sensitive information, such as corporate credentials, on a phishing website.

Email Threat Isolation is available as a cloud-based or on-premises service, and it can be used with Symantec Email Security or third-party email security solutions.

“Despite significant efforts by our industry to detect and block email-borne threats, messaging remains the primary vector for malware and scams within the enterprise. The industry requires a paradigm shift to properly secure messaging, and we are excited to be bringing the innovation of integrated isolation technology to email,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Symantec.

“This revolutionary technology helps enterprises to quickly and easily isolate all malicious email content – both internal and external – to substantially reduce inherent risks within messaging applications. Further, because the technology is cloud-based, organizations can be up and running quickly and easily, reducing stress on already taxed IT teams,” Clark added.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.