IT Security vendor Kaspersky Lab and email intelligence company Return Path have teamed up to combat international fraud including phishing attacks and other abuse targeting consumers and service providers. The companies have agreed on a framework to share threat data and security analytics to detect and thwart email abuse, protect the end-users from malware and spam, and enable mailbox providers to quickly identify and address fraud within their networks. Under their global agreement, Kaspersky Lab will incorporate Return Path’s Reputation Network Blacklist and Certified Whitelist into its spam detection analysis to improve the speed and accuracy of its suite of products, specifically their anti-spam detection. Each of these lists is updated in real-time to identify abusive and fraudulent sources of email, and to audit legitimate email senders that comply with mailbox providers’ best common practices, respectively. In exchange, Return Path will use the email abuse data provided by Kaspersky Lab to further improve its excellence in email stream analysis and enable its customers to respond faster to email abuse. Return Path’s data networks now help to protect more than 2.4 billion mailboxes worldwide, representing nearly 70 per cent of the estimated worldwide total. This global scope gives Kaspersky Lab’s and Return Path’s agreement the ability to make significant progress toward protecting end users from email-borne threats, and allowing mailbox providers to keep their networks free from abusive mail. Nikita Shvetsov, Deputy CTO at Kaspersky Lab comments,” Our capacity to leverage the core security intelligence is further extended by Return Path’s expertise and unique position within the email ecosystem. Our coordinated intelligence can provide a safer experience not just for our clients and their customers, but also for email users around the world.” Matt Blumberg, CEO of Return Path adds,” As reports of high-profile security breaches become commonplace they highlight a need for collaborative solutions that expose fraud from multiple vantage points. Kaspersky Lab and Return Path are sharing what we see from increasingly sophisticated criminals to make it harder for abuse to go undetected, to reach users, and to pay off the risk of sending malicious and unwanted email. Joint efforts like this are vital as we work to maintain trust in the safety and fundamental value of the email channel.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.