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Targeted email attacks containing malicious links and/or malicious email attachments represent one of the most dangerous IT threats facing enterprises today. According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report, 95% of targeted attacks began with a spear-phishing attack, a single, carefully crafted email that tricked a recipient to click a link to install malware or surrender their login credentials. Often, these targeted attacks are impossible to detect using conventional reputation, signature-based content scanning and sender verification techniques.

What is worse is that no matter the training provided, users are still falling for these targeted email attacks as they get more sophisticated. ACD Consulting Information Technology Solutions research has found that on average, 1 in 10 users that receive email messages with malicious URLs will click on these URLs. Frequently, ACD Consulting Information Technology Solutions has observed that malware used in these attacks remain undetected by less than 10% of traditional AV and reputation solutions, even hours after the attack.

ACD Consulting Information Technology Solutions Targeted Attack Protection™ takes an entirely new approach, using Big Data analysis techniques and a Cloud Architecture to identify suspicious email messages containing malicious URLs or malicious email attachments. This helps enterprises to add additional layers of security scrutiny that cannot be matched by traditional security solutions and gateways. Targeted Attack Protection represents the industry’s first comprehensive email analysis solution for combating targeted threats using a full lifecycle approach, monitoring suspicious messages and email attachments as they come in, and observing user clicks as they attempt to reach out.