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What is Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security?

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security, in collaboration with a trusted Managed Security Provider (MSP), is a comprehensive and intelligent email security solution designed to protect businesses against evolving threats. With its heuristic-based and ML-based detection techniques, the product provides advanced anti-phishing measures, malware scanning, and encryption to prevent email-related security incidents and protect sensitive data.

One of the key features of Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security is its intelligent approach to email security. The product uses ML models to analyze email content, intent, tone, sender relationships, and other attack signals to identify suspicious links or attachments. This enables the product to block phishing emails automatically, reducing the risk of email-related security incidents.

Moreover, the product's advanced malware scanning techniques, backed by the expertise of an MSP, detect and prevent malware infections. This is especially important as malware is becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect. With Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security, and the added support of the Managed Service Provider, businesses can rest assured that they have a robust and reliable malware detection system in place.

What makes Area 1 Email Security so unique?

Another significant feature of Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security is its preemptive phishing hunting capabilities. The product proactively hunts for phishing mechanisms to block campaigns at their very beginning, preventing phishing attacks from even starting. This is a critical feature as phishing attacks are one of the most prevalent and successful types of cyberattacks. The deployment of Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security, especially when facilitated by an MSP, is quick and easy, taking just a few minutes to set up. This makes it a cost-effective solution for businesses looking to enhance their email security posture without incurring additional costs or resources.

How Werner Enterprises benefited from Area 1 Email Security?

In terms of real-world examples, Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security has been instrumental in preventing phishing attacks and other email-related security incidents.

One example is Werner Enterprises.

Due to the size and geographical diversity of its workforce, as well as its widespread use of email for internal and customer communications, Werner had concerns about phishing — the use of socially engineered emails to extract sensitive information from unsuspecting employees. With email-borne threats increasing in both frequency and sophistication, the company’s previous email security system wasn’t keeping up.

The result of implementing Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security was this review by Werner Enterprises’ Director of Cyber Security:

“Since we implemented Area 1 we have seen a 50% reduction in the number of malicious or suspicious emails our users receive every day. That frees up multiple hours we can reinvest in other goals.”

How Cloudflare Area 1 enhances Microsoft 365 & Google email security? Replace redundant SEGs.

Secure Email Gateway (SEG) is a security solution designed to protect organizations from various email-borne threats such as spam, phishing, malware, and other malicious content.

We often see SEGs miss over 30% of phishing emails — with best-in-class cloud-native email security.

Cloudflare Area 1 proactively discovers and blocks phishing methods that bypass Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 ATP systems.

Eliminate the need for hardware and “tuning” to keep up with new threats.

  • Deploy in minutes without any hardware, agents, or appliances.

  • Choose the deployment option best for your organization — inline, API, or multi-mode.

  • Extend email protection to your chosen vendors and partners.

  • Expedite SOC investigations with post-delivery message retractions and integrations with SIEM/SOAR platforms.

How Cloudflare Zero Trust and Email Security simplify SaaS application protection?

An advanced option is to combine Cloudflare Zero Trust approach with Email Security which would simplify the way you protect SaaS applications.

The traditional tools used to connect employees to corporate apps grant excessive trust, increasing your cyber risk.

To address this challenge, the Cloudflare Zero Trust platform, supported by a trusted Managed Security Provider (MSP), replaces legacy security perimeters and ensures that all traffic in and out of a business is verified and authorized.

As part of the Cloudflare Zero Trust portfolio, Area 1 helps increase visibility, eliminate complexity, and reduce risks for remote and office users.

Key features of Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security are:
  • In-the-wild discovery of attacker infrastructure and phishing campaigns.

  • Protection against all 4 Gartner-defined BEC** (Business Email Compromise) attack types.

  • Both heuristic-based and ML-based detection techniques ensure the broadest possible threat coverage.

  • Protection against web-based phishing campaigns through a globally distributed, recursive DNS service.

  • Deep integrations with Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace environments and workflows.

  • Multi-mode deployment with flexible options including inline, API, journaling, and connectors.

  • Automated and managed phishing triage and remediation.

  • Cloud-native architecture built to dynamically scale and ensure business continuity.

Overall, Cloudflare Area 1 Email Security, in partnership with a trusted Managed Security Provider (MSP), is a valuable tool for any business looking to enhance its email security posture. With its intelligent and comprehensive approach to email security, the product provides advanced anti-phishing measures, malware scanning, and encryption to prevent email-related security incidents and protect sensitive data. Its preemptive phishing hunting capabilities make it an essential tool for businesses looking to stay ahead of evolving threats, while its quick and easy deployment makes it a cost-effective solution for businesses of all sizes.

**BEC attacks are a type of cyber attack where fraudsters impersonate legitimate entities or individuals within an organization to deceive employees, customers, or business partners into taking actions that benefit the attacker.

Gartner has categorized BEC attacks into four types:

  • Executive impersonation: impersonation of high-level executives or key personnel within an organization to deceive employees or external targets.

  • Account compromise: Unauthorized access to employee email accounts to carry out fraudulent activities.

  • Attorney impersonation: Impersonation of legal professionals or law firms to deceive individuals into taking certain actions.

  • Vendor email compromise: Exploiting vulnerabilities in vendor or supplier email accounts to facilitate fraudulent activities.

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