Bolstering Trust in the Email Ecosystem

Email has become deeply entrenched as our favorite tool for sharing, collaborating, coordinating and archiving. But what if email could no longer be trusted? That’s not an idle, rhetorical question. Trust in the email ecosystem today is brittle at best. As a communications tool, email remains viable and dominant only due to a monumental effort to keep relentless spammers and phishers from completely undermining the trustworthiness of email messages.

The latest development in this cycle is a form of spear phishing that entirely circumvents the best filtering and malware detection technologies on the market. This paper discusses this new type of attack and examines a new approach to addressing spear phishing – one that does not rely on reactive measures and, instead, directly focuses on addressing identity deception with a durable methodology based on machine learning.

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