In his session, Dreas vanDonselaar, director of product management, introduced the SolarWinds® Mail Assure™ product to the audience, and set out how it was an integral part of a layered defense strategy.
“Mail Assure is founded on the principles of delivering a best-in-class product using our technology and data, offered at a competitive rate, and designed to deliver an amazing user experience for plug-and-play usage with maximum control and transparency over your email,” said Dreas.
He went on to highlight four of the key attributes of the Mail Assure solution:
“Our technology has been developed in-house. This is relevant because this way we can modify anything in our technology stack if required,” said Dreas. “We also cut out any risk of a black-box situation where we don’t 100% control what is happening. There are only a handful of companies that have internally developed all their email security technology.”
He went on to explain that technology alone won’t deliver good products. You need data to fuel the self-learning technologies. “Spam is both a local as well as an international problem. We need as much data as possible to stay on top of new outbreaks and to fuel the predictive and self-learning technologies behind our software,” he said.
He added, “Over 13 million domains have been added to our system by our customers, and in the last period, we actively processed email for two million domains per month.
“So we have the technology and we have the data. This puts us on the level of a very select group of email security vendors that also have great technology and enough reach for enough data to fuel the email protection.”
Dreas cited PhishMe’s Malware Review, which claims that 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breaches begin with a spearphishing email, and 97.25% of the samples analyzed contained a form of ransomware—making it the most used form of malware in phishing emails. These stats show that email protection is a crucial part of your layered defenses.
“In this environment, MSPs and their customers need as much email protection as possible,” he added. “Take the example of Office 365. It is true that these collaboration tools include an email security layer; however, a growing trend is to bundle these solutions with an external email security product. The bigger the mail or collaboration platform in terms of the number of users, the more spammers will actively tune their spam runs to specifically bypass the security filters of these solutions. This means there is a real need for additional security to prevent them from getting through.”
He went on to explain how control and visibility over email flows is becoming more important to users, which is sometimes lacking with some collaboration tools. Bundling Office 365 with Mail Assure creates additional value, quality assurance and help ensure MSPs can differentiate their offering in the marketplace.”
Dreas went on to show how Mail Assure offers you the control you need with:
He then went on to provide a high-level product demo.
Dreas concluded his presentation by saying that the Mail Assure team doesn’t typically communicate product roadmap details, as they are subject to change. However, there are a number of things in the pipeline and the Mail Assure team is committed to deliver a best-in-class email security solution and heavily focus on customers’ feedback when planning new product features and update releases.
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