The Mimecast X1 Platform

    Protection, insights, and scale

    Overview

    Your security X-factor

    Mimecast X1 is the foundation of the Mimecast Product Suite. Powering fully integrated services that deliver industry-leading protection for communications, people, and data, it makes information actionable and provides the reliability, resilience, and scale that the modern threat landscape demands.

    X1 Precision Detection

    Unparalleled protection
    from threats

    Mimecast X1 Precision Detection provides the industry’s most advanced defense for the top attack vector, email, and protects organizations at their most vulnerable point — the intersection of communications, people, and data. By applying the right detection capabilities at the right time, X1 Precision Detection surrounds your communications with continuous protections, letting end users work protected — not interrupted.

    The industry’s most robust view of the email threat landscape – gained by Mimecast’s inspection of 1.3B emails daily — powers instantaneous blocking of the vast majority of email-based threats, while the latest in AI cybersecurity and Machine Learning provides intelligent detection of emerging and unknown threat types.

    X1 Precision Detection includes the following:

    AI and Machine Learning

    Mimecast uses AI and Machine Learning across the X1 Precision Detection layer, with analysis and models based on Mimecast’s analysis of more than 1.3B emails daily. By filtering out malicious emails at scale and driving intelligent analysis of the “unknown”, AI and Machine Learning optimize efficacy and help Mimecast’s experts make smart decisions about communications that fall into the gray area between safe or malicious.


    These learnings are continuously fed back into our detection engines to optimize our inspection models with up-to-the minute intelligence, blocking emerging attack types and protecting our customers from the most dangerous threats while also minimizing false positives.

    Social Graphing

    Powered by Machine Learning, Social Graphing is technology that can be used to link properties (e.g., M365 or Google Workspace) with identifiers (e.g., end-user name, physical location, etc.) to create a consistent, unified view of communications. Mimecast uses this technology to map an organization’s communications patterns and create a social graph that stores information about relationships and connections between all senders and recipients, including the strength or proximity of those relationships.


    The Social Graph learns about behaviors with respect to what’s normal and what is not and can then detect anomalous behaviors that may indicate a malicious email or the potential exposure of data, whether accidental or intentional. Mimecast uses Social Graphing as an added layer of protection against data leaks and to bolster defenses against highly sophisticated, targeted email attacks that rely on tactics like social engineering and file-less malware.

    Static and Dynamic Content Analysis

    X1 Precision Detection uses static and dynamic content/metadata analysis to identify and instantly block the vast majority of email-based threats. By applying the right detection capabilities at the right time and continuously optimizing them through AI, machine learning, and the expertise of the Mimecast Security Operations Center (SOC), X1 Precision Detection blocks even the most sophisticated email attacks.


    From inspections that check for disqualifying factors, such as DNS authentication and spam, to in-depth analyses that detect tactics like impersonation, malicious URLs, and weaponized attachments, the X1 Platform applies inspections in real time to keep communications protected without impacting productivity. The visibility that Mimecast gains by applying these inspections to nearly 1.3B emails daily gives us the industry’s most robust view of the email threat landscape.

    X1 Service Fabric

    Cloud-delivered security at scale

    The Mimecast X1 Service Fabric is the cloud-native infrastructure that powers the Mimecast Product Suite. Delivering unparalleled reliability, resilience, and scale, it drives rapid innovation, while also supporting global policy standardization and providing visibility into the identity and activity of users on the Mimecast platform. 

    By allowing customers to grow securely and seamlessly and uncovering user insights that can accelerate detection and response, the X1 Service Fabric provides the foundation for cloud-delivered security at scale. 

    X1 Service Fabric includes the following:

    Global Policy Engine

    As organizations continue to increase the number of communications and collaboration tools their employees use, standardizing security policies across these systems is becoming increasingly critical. In fact, doing so is essential – for creating a cohesive security strategy, for reducing manual effort, for supporting compliance efforts, and for reducing risk.


    The X1 Global Policy Engine dramatically simplifies the process of establishing policies that can follow end users, keeping them protected however they may communicate or wherever they may collaborate. With a “create once apply everywhere” approach, the X1 Global Policy Engine takes the complexity out of policy creation, giving organizations the ability to consistently protect end-users anytime, anywhere and providing the customization and flexibility to meet their organization’s unique needs.

    Elastic Infrastructure

    The X1 Platform’s Elastic Infrastructure powers a cloud-native platform that provides secure multi-tenancy, scalability, and resilience. By allowing Mimecast to provision efficiently and securely across our customer base, it delivers high performance at the lowest possible cost for our customers, while supporting continuous optimization of our detection capabilities and rapid innovation.


    Software components are built to be flexible and extendable, allowing them to be repurposed and reimagined as customer needs and the threat landscape changes, reducing time-to-market for new development initiatives and accelerating time to value. Customers can also rapidly scale their businesses as needed, knowing that Mimecast will provide the reliability and resilience that today’s threat landscape demands.

    Identity Assurance

    A key component of managing risk while also protecting productivity is understanding and controlling who and what is accessing communications tools – when, from where, and how. The X1 Platform centralizes and simplifies identity assurance across the Mimecast Product Suite, providing consistent application of permissions across products based on identity, role, and authorization for individuals, organizations, and systems.


    By associating events with identities and capturing information that can be ingested and analyzed using the Data Analytics component of the X1 Platform, Identity Assurance can help create an early warning system, allowing IT and security teams to act quickly to shut down attacks not just within email or collaboration tools but across their entire network.

    X1 Data Analytics

    Actionable information,
    distributed intelligence

    X1 Data Analytics provides a platform for ingesting, correlating, and querying the mass volumes of data that Mimecast generates from protecting every organization’s most vulnerable point – the intersection of communications, people and data.

    Providing the foundation for a wide array of services and capabilities – from training ML models and accelerating product innovation to providing rich context for threat researchers and supporting cross-correlation of data with systems beyond email – X1 Data Analytics is built with one primary goal in mind: making information actionable. 

    X1 Data Analytics includes the following:

    Events, Telemetry, & Context

    Securing communications, people, and data is a complex process that generates massive volumes of data that most often sits in silos, making it difficult or impossible to connect the dots and leverage this treasure trove of information. X1 Data Analytics provides the foundation for automating the capture of data from an unlimited number of sources and making that data easily accessible in near real-time from a single platform.


    From threat information and logs to communications-related events like emails sent and received, files accessed, and URLs clicked, X1 Data Analytics can ingest data at scale – efficiently and reliably – to feed data correlation, support queries, enable automated response, and ultimately, to serve as the foundation of the X1 Service Fabric.

    Data Correlation Analytics

    Capturing data is one thing, but making it valuable is another matter entirely. That’s why X1 Data Analytics incorporates unlimited, simultaneous, and sequential data processing that allows ingested data to be connected in near real-time and enables systems to respond to and share data sets with each other.


    The result is connective tissue within Mimecast’s own solution suite and with other technologies that allows us to see the whole picture, communicate findings across the whole security ecosystem, and power data-driven decisions that deliver faster, better protection.

    Search & Query

    As organizations deploy more applications and services – from collaboration tools to data sharing and meeting applications – the amount of data generated continues to grow exponentially. The ability to get the right data for a particular use case or application has become complex and time-consuming as a result – so much so that the vast majority of data sits unused. X1 Data Analytics is purpose-built to change that dynamic.


    By organizing mass volumes of data into granular streams with powerful aggregation and query capabilities, it allows an infinite number of consumers (e.g., Mimecast products, other security products, services, SOC teams) to simultaneously access data for an infinite number of uses cases. Whether the data required is broadly historical or tightly time-bound; granular or holistic; cross product; cross tenant, cross geo, or all of the above, X1 Data Analytics can deliver back the specific information each consumer needs in near real-time, opening up unlimited possibilities for innovation, insights, and automated response/remediation.

    MESH
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    Mimecast Extensible Security Hooks (MESH)

    Mimecast Extensible Security Hooks (MESH) provide a well-documented, consistent API gateway that enables third-party integrations of all kinds, delivering full extensibility and allowing threat data, policies, and practices to be applied or shared programmatically with other security and data solutions.

    The result is endless opportunities for organizations to leverage threat intelligence from email (the top attack vector), automate tasks, improve visibility, and accelerate detection and response.


    MESH technology integrations include:

    CASB

    Get bi-lateral threat sharing, improved analytics, and enhanced data leak prevention.

    Managed SOC

    Leverage Mimecast Intelligence with Managed SOC providers to obtain a complete threat visibility picture, combined with email-based incident response.

    XDR

    Achieve bi-lateral threat sharing, improve incident triage with email threat data, enhance analytics, and improve containment capabilities.

    SIEM

    Empower SOC teams with integrations into your SIEM to achieve enhanced email-borne threat visibility, ease incident investigations, get detailed analysis, and improve management.

    SOAR

    Get threat information that can be used by automated playbooks to make the right decisions at the point of action for both prevention and remediation across your security estate.


    Protect your communications, people, and data

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    Email Security & Resilience

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    Security Awareness & User Behavior

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    Data Retention & Compliance

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