Email Security

    Integrating Your Complex Set of Security Tools

    Integrating security investments is key to ensuring organizations stay as safe as possible.

    by Julian Martin

    Key Points

    • No single security solution can stop every threat. It takes a host of solutions working together to protect organizations from today’s threats.
    • Mimecast’s cloud-native platform provides an extensible architecture that lets organizations quickly and easily integrate Mimecast products with their existing investments.
    • A security approach that leverages the power of integration results in reduced complexity, lower risk, and optimized investments.

    Defending organizations from cyberthreats is a complex task that often requires a diverse and complex set of tools. And while any organization can simply instruct its IT team to add new security technologies, getting them to work together can be far from simple.

    Unfortunately, however, the ability to integrate security solutions is not just essential to optimizing an organization’s security investments, it’s the key to ensuring the organization stays as safe as possible.

    Mimecast talks a lot about our belief in the power of together, and that is because our philosophy genuinely puts stock in the idea that no single security solution can stop every threat. We know that it takes a host of solutions working together in tandem to protect an organization from today’s advanced persistent threats.

    Mimecast technology was built for the cloud from the ground up. Our purpose-built, cloud-native platform provides an extensible architecture that lets organizations quickly and easily integrate Mimecast products with their existing investments.

    With pre-built integrations plus example code and documentation that helps organizations easily create their own integrations, our customers have the flexibility to build a sustainable cyber resilience strategy and leverage the collective power of the best technologies in the industry. This approach that leverages the power of together results in reduced complexity, lower risk, and optimized investments.

    Organizations that integrate their security solutions benefit from:

    • Security Insights – Enhanced logging with visibility to administrative changes, account access, message lifecycle to provide a thorough assessment of the email security landscape. Seamlessly integrate to SIEMs to provide a comprehensive view of an organization's full security estate.
    • Threat Sharing – When working with multiple security platforms, the combined knowledge of these platforms is critical for the most expansive protection possible. Organizations can take information from other sources and preventatively strengthen their email security posture.
    • Orchestration and Remediation – When a security incident has been discovered, an organization should take every possible measure to remediate and prevent the threat from spreading, or gaining exposure. Organizations gain the capability to block addresses, IPs, URLs and remediate existing risks.
    • Security Investigation – When looking into a potential incident, robust searching capabilities are essential. Organizations benefit from powerful message tracking to identify issues in real-time, which can be quickly used to address a concern quickly.
    • Archive – Utilizing archiving features, more expansive search abilities become available. Archive search provides enhanced filtering to programmatically search within a single user's archive, or across the entire organization with granular role-based permission.
    • Administration – APIs provide the ability to perform day-to-day administration tasks with capabilities extending from adding users to managing held mail and policy modifications.

    Organizations wanting to learn more about the benefits of integrating their security tools should check out these other Mimecast blogs:

    White Hat Win: Security APIs are Getting Radically Better

    Five converging API trends will create a future of radically simpler security integration and orchestration, leading to global ecosystems of cybersecurity allies. Streaming, event-driven and Graph APIs will deliver the right information faster, without firehose approaches or moving crucial data offline. Standardized query platforms and no-code/low-code orchestration tools will create more value. Solution exchanges coupled with exposure of full functionality will help security teams leverage innovation in more places.

    In Cybersecurity, Speed Matters: How to Shorten the ‘OODA Loop’

    Mimecast’s CISO explains how integration among security products via APIs provides a critical speed advantage in the race against adversaries so that organizations can take action before cybercriminals cause devastating damage. Manual methods of analyzing and responding to threats cannot keep up with attackers’ accelerating ability to find and exploit security weaknesses. An integrated security ecosystem communicating via APIs can take protective action automatically, across multiple products, within milliseconds when new threats appear.

    APIs at Work: Real Experience, From the Trenches

    See how APIs and automation helped a leading practitioner manage 50,000 mailboxes worldwide – and stay sane. Even after a large organization consolidates messaging and productivity systems, its environments are likely still far too complex to operate manually. Automation via APIs can improve accuracy as well as speed, and also enables better remediation. Organizations may have to drop everything and manually perform some new complex process that can’t wait — but they can automate that process before it happens again.

    How to Design Your Security Integrations 

    In a rapidly evolving threat environment, effective cyber defense requires a diverse set of focused, best-of-breed security tools. Integrating those tools is key to faster threat identification and response, helping security teams do more with less and enabling organizations to get the most from their security investments. Learn best practices for organizations to integrate security tools as quickly and effectively as possible.

    How to Protect Your Organization with Shared Threat Intelligence

    Threat intelligence plays an important preventive role by providing early warning of emerging threats before they impact an organization. Correlating threat information from diverse sources can help organizations determine which threats to prioritize. For most organizations, a campaign-level view of attacks is more useful than focusing on attribution of individual threats. Understanding employee targeting and behavior is critical.

    Act Surgically, Not Indiscriminately: Craft Precision Responses to Breaches

    Learn the key lessons of Colonial Pipeline and other high-profile breaches: the faster organizations can achieve clarity about an attack, the more successful their response will be.  Breach response should be precisely targeted, so it solves the problem without causing unnecessary collateral damage. Precision-targeting responses are only possible through deeper insight and stronger integration – both for ingesting data and for driving action. Organizations need to start by integrating the powerful and extensive intelligence available from email.

    Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks as Your Digital Footprint Grows

    Supply chains are a juicy target for cybercriminals. Integration, automation, and APIs help safeguard business resources, partners, and reputation. APIs are an indispensable component of any strategy for deterring and remediating supply chain attacks 24x7x365, at scale. Email remains the top vector for supply chain attacks, but when a bad domain’s email-based attacks fail, it will impact organizations in other ways. SIEMs, SOARs, XDRs, endpoints, and firewalls all get smarter when API connections quickly share what an organization’s email gateway is learning.

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