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Businesses are eagerly embracing the capabilities and flexibility of cloud-enabled Microsoft Office 365, which provides the freedom to work at the office or on the go with nearly any device. While Office 365 includes strong built-in security features, advanced security is required to protect your organization from today’s highly targeted and rapidly-changing spear-phishing exploits. As one of your most critical business tools, Office 365 also contains the most targeted attack vector — email.

Clever cybercriminals know that users are easily deceived by phishing emails. "The Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, 2014" notes that nearly one in five users will click on a phishing email. In these attacks, cybercriminals are not only taking advantage of human vulnerability, they are also using sophisticated technical tactics. These include one-time URLs, delayed infection — where linked web content is infected after the email message is scanned and delivered to inboxes — and multistage, stealthy attacks that gather details about endpoints and networks to target sensitive data more precisely.

McAfee, a part of Intel Security, is a leader in enterprise email protection. McAfee Email Protection has been named a leader in the Forrester Wave, and is considered a Best Buy, 5-Star Buy, Innovator by "SC Magazine," and a Reader's Choice Award winner by "Information Security Magazine." By simply layering McAfee Email Protection on top of Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online, you get enterprise-strength security without having to sacrifice flexibility and the productivity advantages of the cloud. Now you can leverage hosted mailboxes no matter where they are without sacrificing security.

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Figure 1. Layer McAfee on top of Microsoft Office 365 for enterprise-grade email security.


To protect against evolving, sophisticated phishing tactics, McAfee Email Protection includes ClickProtect, which provides URL awareness and protection. ClickProtect uses the McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware Engine, the same technology found in McAfee Web Protection, which goes beyond reputation and signatures to emulate the behavior of destination websites and enable detection of zero-hour malware. It also helps users become more vigilant and aware of phishing exploits by unmasking suspicious URLs and providing category and reputation information of websites, including a safe preview of the destination site. And, no matter which device is used to access email, the protection follows.

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Figure 2. When a URL embedded within an email is clicked, real-time emulation scanning detects zero-hour threats. The safe preview provides users with continual phishing-awareness training.


By adding additional layers of McAfee Email Protection to Office 365, your organization gets more protection faster. Your malware policies and antivirus data are updated in just minutes, and you can expect quick action from our dedicated around-the-clock messaging security team if issues arise. Office 365 users can gain up to 10 times the threat response time and more than twice the cloud intelligence with McAfee Global Threat Intelligence feeds. Email continuity provides assurance of continuous email communication whenever Office 365 experiences an outage.

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