Threat Protection

What Is Advanced Threat Protection?

Two-thirds of the world’s small and mid-sized businesses say they are actively dealing with a cyber attack. The average security breach in the U.S. costs approximately $4 million. With new types of attacks and with well-funded cyber criminals seemingly emerging daily, the job of identifying and defending against security intrusions is non-stop. If your organization is solely focused on defending against known infiltration attempts, you may wonder how you are expected to cope with the endless array of new zero day attacks.

Advanced threat protection (ATP) is a cybersecurity toolset for counteracting complicated malware, phishing, and hacking attacks. ATP is critical to maintaining security, brand reputation, customer trust and profit margins and is part of security protocols for early threat detection and prevention. 

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Early detection of common cyber attacks like malware or phishing (which has increased since the pandemic began, with organizations experiencing close to 1,200 attacks per month at the end of last year) alert organizations to the presence of these security issues.

Ideally before they’re used to compromise valuable data or monetary resources. Detection methods involve analysis of signatures, AI, and comparison of emails’s content and profiles to other attacks.


Advanced threat protection solutions leverage a combination of automation and point-and-click methods to defend against these security vulnerabilities that are discovered.

This component is based on quick reactions to minimize any lost data or access credentials hackers may have gotten. Protection for phishing attacks is imperative as they account for over 80 percent of reported attacks.  


ATP solutions provide detailed follow-ups to help companies understand the vulnerabilities and what to do next. They include information to determine the scope of the purported data breach.

How it took place, and what can be done to prevent similar attacks from occurring. Each of these factors are analyzed for long term and short term responses.

What Are Advanced Threats?

It is vital to understand the most prevalent forms of cyber attacks so that your organization can successfully avoid or mitigate them. The most common threats typically involve malware (including ransomware), phishing, or social engineering schemes, as detailed below
Malware and Ransomware

Malware is malicious software that enables hackers to gain access to individual computers or IT system components. Doing so enables them to monitor activity, view and manipulate data assets, encrypt files, or engage in any other nefarious behavior to compromise IT systems.

Ransomware attacks are a payload of malware intrusions in which files are encrypted and held ransom until organizations pay attackers to receive the keys to decrypt them. The average ransom demanded in 2020 was $178,000

Malware and Ransomware
Social Engineering

Social engineering is a sophisticated attack vector in which hackers learn inside information about specific companies or its employees to manipulate them to gain access to their data systems or finances.

Oftentimes, individuals think they’re helping a reliable source, but in actuality attackers are tricking them into giving up privileged information, like access credentials. Social engineering contributed to a 400% increase in complaints to the FBI about cyber crimes in the latter part of 2020.

Social Engineering

Phishing involves sending fake or impersonated emails in an attempt to procure compromise sensitive information like login credentials to access a company’s network or HR data. The requests in phishing emails often sound reasonable or urgent, which explains why many people fall for the same.

For example, Covid-19 related phishing attacks increased 600 percent in the first quarter of 2020, partly because attackers were able to exploit people’s uncertainty and anxiety about the pandemic to add a sense of urgency to their scams. Social engineering attacks often enhances the efficacy of phishing attacks, for example around current or recurring events.


How Does Advanced Email Threat Protection Work

When properly implemented, advanced threat protection remediates or prevents phishing attacks, ransomware and malware attacks, and more. ATP cybersecurity creates dependable protection against known and zero day attacks by using a multifaceted approach to detection, protection, and response.
Prepare Yourself
For Future Threats
Democratized Threat Hunting

Democratized threat hunting provides instant responses and updates from a community of security professionals across the world about the latest threat vectors, attacks, and responses.

This enables organizations to interact anonymously and see basic information about emerging threats in real-time to safeguard against them with a virtual, unified front. PII or any other sensitive information is not shared.

Establish Real-Time
Mailbox-Level BEC Protection

This form of protection parses a company’s entire email mailbox, analyzing all communications to create a baseline of what messages are deemed normal. That becomes the basis for creating a fingerprint to determine whether or not future communication represents a BEC threat.

Advanced URL and Malware Detection

This form of protection uses computer vision and neural networks for identity profiling and scoring emails senders in real-time. It also relies on communications pattern monitoring for anomaly detection and deep learning to immediately block fake login pages.

Take Action
Auto Triage Incidents

Machine learning, and automation  assist in triaging threats so companies can respond to them in order of importance.

Forensic Examinations

Automatically orchestrate a comprehensive phishing forensic examination of any suspicious email using our proprietary deep content analysis in conjunction with multi-AV, visual similarity, and sandbox scans. 

Rapid Remediation

Automatically detects and remediates suspicious e-mails (and groups of e-mails) in seconds blocking them for good.


Get Advanced Threat Protection

These days, it’s not enough to rely on solutions that only address part of the problem. And stringing together a patchwork of individual solutions can be costly and time-consuming. To address this multi-layered problem, we built IRONSCALES to provide a multi-layered solution that combats new and existing threats in a comprehensive manner.

Stop just playing defense and go on the offense in your efforts to protect your organization.

Request a demo to learn about advanced threat protection.

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