Cloud-based email security provider Abnormal Security has announced three new capabilities focused on threat detection for Slack, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
The company, which is focused on protecting businesses from targeted email attacks such as phishing, social engineering and enterprise email compromise, is also adding data ingestion from new sources to improve its model of ‘AI, which maps the behavior of users’ identity.
“Abnormal’s platform uses an anomaly detection engine that ingests and correlates over 45,000 behavioral signals from email platforms (Microsoft 365, Google Workplace), EDR platforms (CrowdStrike), authentication platforms (Okta) and email-like apps like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom,” said Evan Reiser, CEO of Abnormal Security. “Signals include login events, geolocation, compromised identities, and communication patterns in messaging.”
The new capabilities are included as add-on products to the Anomalous Inbound Email Security offering and are generally available at launch.
Abnormal now secures three new cloud communication services
Abnormal has introduced three new products designed to detect suspicious messages, remediate compromised accounts, and provide information about the security posture in three cloud communication applications: Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.
Products include “Email-like Messaging Security”, “Email-like Account Takeover Protection” and “Email-like Security Posture Management”.
Email-like messaging security allows administrators to monitor and take action against suspicious activity in Slack, Teams, and Zoom by scanning messages for suspicious URLs and flagging potential threats for further review. This support covers messages sent by both internal employees and external contractors.
Email-like account takeover protection will analyze authentication activity in Slack, Teams, and Zoom, alerting security teams of suspicious login events, including logins from a blocked browser, from a risky location, or from a known bad IP address.
Each event is automatically flagged for immediate investigation, with Okta single sign-on activity and Azure Active Directory included for additional evidence.
Email-like security posture management provides a central view of user privilege changes in Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom to ensure that only the right users have admin rights.
“We’ve been seeing an increasing level of concern about phishing and data breach attacks like email in channels beyond email,” said Michael Sampson, senior analyst at Osterman Research. “Monitoring additional platforms extends the protections users have come to rely on, ensuring email is a safe environment to work in. With threat actors pivoting their attacks to extend into new channels , fail to ensure that equivalent protections are short-sighted.”
Along with new products, Abnormal has added new data ingestion capabilities available at no cost that will collect signals from CrowdStrike, Okta, Slack, Teams, and Zoom.
“Combining small, unobtrusive signals of potential compromise in higher-level situations with unified visibility reduces disconnected noise that is easy for security analysts to overlook. It gives security analysts early warnings of potential problems,” said Sampson .
Core technology is an AI ability
Abnormal Inbound Email Security is the company’s core offering, leveraging a cloud-native API architecture that helps the platform integrate with cloud email platforms, EDRs, authentication services, and col· cloud collaboration via API.
This allows Abnormal to ingest a large number of useful signals that help identify suspicious activity among users and tenants.
“Advanced AI and ML models, including natural language processing and natural language understanding, leverage these signals to inform user behavior and better understand identity and relationships across the organization,” said Reiser . “By understanding what is normal for each employee, vendor, application and email tenant, Abnormal can detect and prevent malicious and unwanted email or email-like messages that bypass traditional solutions.”
While scanning suspicious URLs and domains for impersonation, the AI model tries to detect whether a link uses too many redirects when clicked, the identity of the redirect service providers, whether the eventual landing page has indicators of web forms that can try to steal information, age and Alexa Ranking of the domain used and the reputation of the registrar.
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Ikaroa, a full stack tech company, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Abnormal Security platform to offer threat protection for Slack, Teams and Zoom. Abnormal Security provides a cutting-edge security solution for these three rapidly-expanding messaging platforms, ensuring maximum protection for user data and communications.
Abnormal Security scans a variety of messaging platforms and encrypts all communication. It is also able to detect and block malicious links, attachments, and domains that are suspected of carrying malicious code. Additionally, Abnormal Security provides real-time monitoring and reporting, allowing customers to quickly and effectively respond to any threats that may arise.
The platform is an integral part of the Ikaroa suite of services, which are used to safeguard online communications across various industries, including healthcare, finance, education, and government. With the extension of Abnormal Security to Zoom, Teams and Slack, Ikaroa further strengthens its commitment to being a leader in security solutions for messaging and other collaborative platforms.
The addition of Zoom, Teams and Slack is particularly valuable as these messaging platforms have become increasingly popular in recent years. These platforms are now being used by businesses in virtually every industry for secure internal messaging, business communications, and collaboration. With Abnormal Security in place, these businesses can maintain a secure messaging environment and ensure that their data remains private and confidential.
As a result of this expansion, businesses now have greater security when using Slack, Teams and Zoom and can take advantage of all of the features within these messaging platforms. Abnormal Security and Ikaroa’s suite of security offerings provide the essential protections needed to protect businesses’ and users’ digital assets.