M86 Security has announced new technologies to combat targeted attacks and block malware more efficiently.

According to the company, its cloud-based Targeted Attacks Service, an addition to the M86 MailMarshal Secure Email Gateway, protects organisations from targeted attacks that use malicious embedded URL links in emails as the initial infection method.

It said the detection technology in version 7 of the gateway, also used in the M86 Secure Web Gateway, scans emails for embedded URL links to potentially malicious websites as they are accessed, even if the message is continually forwarded to other recipients and regardless of the device used to access the email.

If a malicious link is found, it substitutes URL links in an email message in order to redirect them through the Targeted Attack Service when a user clicks on them.

John Vigouroux, chief executive officer of M86 Security, said: “Deploying these technologies to the cloud for use in all of our core security solutions is a compelling move that will provide our customers with the highest level of defence against today's complex targeted attacks.”

The company also announced the new version of its Secure Web Gateway this week to provide additional networking, third-party integration options with the ICAP servers or client devices, and the hybrid cloud service as a standard feature.

It claimed that M86 SWG version 10.2 allows web scanners to be organised and managed by dedicated groups, giving organisations the flexibility and affordability they need to deploy the solution in large to very large distributed environments.

Both technologies will be available through authorised channel partners and distributors in April 2012.