Last year, Intel announced that it will be discontinuing the majority of its McAfee Email Security Solutions as of January 2017.  Increasing its focus on other security areas, Intel will be exiting from several product areas, including McAfee Email Protection, or “AntiSpam.”

To help smooth the transition for existing McAfee Email Security customers, Intel/McAFee has identified Proofpoint as the supported alternative for McAfee Email Security Solutions, including AntiSpam service.  Proofpoint has been a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateway for 7 consecutive years and is trusted by over half of the Fortune 100 to protect their organizations.  Proofpoint has products that not only match McAfee’s discontinued Email Security Solutions but also extend protection with more feature rich enhancements.  Proofpoint also has products that extend to adjacent messaging areas such as Archiving and Encryption.

Tier1Net has been working with Proofpoint since McAfee’s announcement and feels confident in moving forward with this transition.

Over the next ninety days, Tier1Net will be migrating all McAfee AntiSpam accounts to Proofpoint.  The migration to Proofpoint will be a simple overnight transition and will not interrupt your company’s mail flow or email security.    All existing approved senders and blocked senders will migrate to the new Proofpoint platform, and your employees will continue to receive daily quarantine reports.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

A new ransomware spam campaign has been detected.  Cerber Ransomware is a file-encrypting virus distributed via spam email.  Cerber is designed to rename and encrypt file extensions on your machine, forcing you to purchase a decryption key from the perpetrators of this ransomware.

The Cerber Ransomware will appear as a spam email containing an RTF file attachment.  The spam email will have forged header information and may have a request to “Please check your invoice attached.”  The RTF attachment contains the Cerber Ransomware virus.  Victims of Cerber must open the RTF attachment in order to be infected with ransomware.

Please see below for an example of the Cerber Ransomware Spam Email.

How This Impacts You

Please alert all employees to not open any RTF file attachments from email.

Tier1Net has recently blocked RTF files through McAfee Email Security, so any Cerber Ransomware Spam Emails sent after 2:00pm on April 28, 2016 will be blocked for all clients enrolled in McAfee Email Security.

If you already received a Cerber Ransomware Spam Email, please do not open the RTF attachment.  Please delete the spam email permanently from your machine.  You cannot be infected with the virus if you do not open the attachment.

If anyone believes they have been infected by Cerber Ransomware, please contact Tier1Net immediately.

 

Steps Tier1Net is Taking

Tier1Net has recently blocked RTF files through McAfee Email Security which will deny delivery of any Cerber Ransomware Spam Emails.

Tier1Net encourages all clients to be vigilant as always about suspicious emails with attachments. Never open any file attachments without confirming authenticity with the sender first.

 

If you have any questions about the Cerber ransomware campaign, please call our office at (781)935-8050.