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FireEye Extends Threat Prevention Platform to SMBs


FireEye, the recently gone public provider of threat protection solutions, has made its flagship threat prevention platform available for small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

The platform, dubbed “Oculus” by FireEye, is a real time, continuous threat protection platform that helps organizations protect intellectual property and data. Oculus for SMB combines technology, services, and threat expertise in a solution specially tailored to small and midsized businesses, the company said.

According to Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report, of the 621 confirmed data breaches examined, nearly half occurred at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, including 193 incidents at organizations with fewer than 100 workers. These stats clearly show that attackers are targeting smaller businesses that often lack advanced IT security protections that larger enterprises tend to have in place.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, SMBs represent 99 percent of U.S. businesses, and according to research firm IDC, SMB spending on security technology is predicted to top $5.6 billion in 2015.

Oculus for SMB leverages FireEye’s advanced threat prevention platforms for Web, email, and mobile, and includes:

• Web threat protection: With the FireEye NX series platform, SMBs can stop Web-based attacks often missed by next-generation firewalls (NGFW), IPS, AV, and Web gateways. The NX series protects against zero-day Web exploits and multi-protocol callbacks to keep sensitive data and systems safe.

• Email threat protection: SMBs can leverage cloud-based or the on-premise EX series platform to protect against today’s advanced email attacks.

• Mobile threat protection: SMBs can leverage a cloud-based platform to address threats targeting mobile devices and help ensure that mobile apps are safe to use.

Oculus for SMB also provides Continuous Monitoring to help ensure that constrained security resources do not hinder an organization’s ability to counter targeted threats. Capabilities include:

• Continuous Monitoring: FireEye threat intelligence augments customer IT teams to proactively recognize advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks.

• Cybercon Reports: Vertical-specific threat information provides a view of the landscape so SMBs are better prepared to manage risk in their specific threat environment.

• Health Check: Alerts notify customers when their deployments fail remote health checks to ensure uninterrupted protection against advanced threats.

“FireEye is putting virtual machine technology into the hands of SMBs,” said Manish Gupta, FireEye senior vice president of products. “With the FireEye solution, SMBs obtain a simple and scalable security solution for advanced threats to safeguard corporate assets and drive down business risks. SMBs will enjoy unmatched advanced threat protection solution with continuous monitoring to augment their limited resources.”

Earlier this year, the security firm claimed that in over 95% of its prospective customer evaluations, it found incidents of advanced threats that were conducting malicious activities and that successfully evaded the prospective customers’ existing security infrastructure

The company was founded in 2005 by Ashar Aziz who served Chief Executive Officer until November 2012, and was followed by David DeWalt who previously served as president and CEO at McAfee from April 2007 until February 2011, after Intel’s surprise $7.68 billion acquisition of McAfee.


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