FireEye plans European expansion and email scanning technology

FireEye has announced its UK launch with the opening of its first European headquarters in the country.

Offering an extra layer of defence that it claims detect and block zero-day and targeted cyber attacks that evade traditional security defences, CTO, CEO and founder Ashar Aziz told SC Magazine that with a grounding in enterprises and government within the US, it was now looking to create a base in Europe.

He said: “Our technology defends against cyber attacks without prior knowledge. Heuristic engines have been purported to do that but have often been ineffective. Our technology is looking for unknown pattern attacks, finding attacks that infiltrate the system and desktop and communicate out of the enterprise.

“We do not ask you to replace your intrusion prevention system or Ironport, but there is a gap that is routinely exploited by the cyber criminal and advanced persistent threats and a tenacious attacker will penetrate a large enterprise's network.

“Targeted attacks are not contained to high end enterprises or government networks, they can go down to small businesses too. I know of a Ford dealership in Ohio with 50 employees that was targeted, as they took payments and anyone who processes payroll or payments can be targeted.”

Following on from its web filter product that was launched two years ago, FireEye will introduce an email scanning appliance next month. It said that the Email MPS features the real-time attachment and URL analysis engine that evaluates emails for zero-hour malware using virtual machines that run a cross-matrix of operating systems and applications, such as various web browsers and plug-ins.

According to FireEye, this dynamic analysis enables it to detect and stop spear phishing email attacks aimed at known and truly unknown OS and application vulnerabilities.

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