EMC-owned RSA taps Webroot for real-time phishing detection help

Summary:The goal of the partnership is produce a system that not only identifies phishing attacks faster with less false positives, but also analyzes suspected phishing sites and sources.

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RSA, the security arm of EMC, is beefing up its FraudAction anti-phishing service with some additional help from malware security provider Webroot.

Webroot reps pointed toward a recent report commissioned by the company itself that phishing is the most prevalent Web-borne attack being that it affects 55 percent of businesses.

To further demonstrate the need for stronger anti-phishing platforms, they cited RSA's 2012 Online Fraud Report, which noted that there was a spike of 59 percent in phishing attacks that year.

For reference, Webroot provides a cloud-based machine learning solution, which reps for the company boasted "automates what has traditionally been a manual process."

The Boulder, Colo.-based company also boasts that its big data infrastructure can scale rapidly to accommodate increased workloads while evaluating potential threats.

The bottom line is that Webroot promises phishing attack detection within seconds rather than hours or even days.

Thus, matched with RSA's aforementioned service, the goal of the partnership is produce a system that not only identifies phishing attacks faster with less false positives, but also analyzes suspected phishing sites and sources.

Topics: Security, Cloud, EMC, IT Priorities, Privacy

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