Email and data security company Mimecast has acquired Segasec, a provider of digital threat protection. 

According to Mimecast, with the acquisition of Segasec, it can provide brand exploit protection using machine learning to identify potential hackers at the earliest stages of an attack. 

The solution also is engineered to provide a way to actively monitor, manage, block and take down phishing scams or impersonation attempts on the web.

Segasec’s technology is designed to monitor domains on the internet for suspected malicious activity and continuously surfaces the riskiest ones. 

By using machine learning and running targeted scans that identify even unknown attack patterns, the solution can help uncover both live attacks and detect upcoming ones at the earliest possible stages, often allowing customers to prevent them altogether. 

Segasec also offers rapid takedown capabilities for active attacks and technology that can limit the use of stolen data.

The company said the acquisition of Segasec builds on Mimecast’s Email Security 3.0 approach, which helps customers protect their organisations across three key zones: Zone 1, to defend against security threats trying to penetrate the organisational perimeter; Zone 2, for vulnerabilities and threats that exist inside the perimeter; and Zone 3, for attacks taking place outside the perimeter in the larger cybersphere. 

Segasec’s integrated solution is designed to enhance Mimecast’s Zone 3 protection platform by providing a comprehensive approach to digital risk protection while also enriching its core perimeter defence systems for Zone 1 with intelligence gained from analysis of threats in the wild.

Peter Bauer, chief executive officer at Mimecast said, “Every brand is vulnerable to attacks that abuse and threaten the trust that employees, customers, partners and 3rd party vendors have placed in them. 

“Segasec will allow our customers to take a proactive approach to identifying — and even potentially preventing — attacks that imitate their brands using domains they don’t own, while also offering the visibility required to understand how their brands are being misused for malicious intent. 

“Additionally, Segasec’s solutions strongly complement our recent acquisition of DMARC Analyzer, which simplifies the process of protecting against abuse of domains customers do own and continues to strengthen our Email Security 3.0 approach.”

Elad Schulman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Segasec said, “In today’s increasingly digital economy, we rely so heavily on websites and email to interact with businesses in both our professional and personal lives. 

“As such, brand exploitation has been on the rise, as cybercriminals co-opt the brands we depend on and violate our trust. The powerful combination of Mimecast and Segasec will help customers better protect their brands, customers and other external stakeholders, as well as their own employees.”

Mimecast, founded in 2003, uses cloud-based security, archiving and continuity services to protect email and deliver comprehensive email risk management.

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