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Proofpoint Launches Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Account Defense

Proofpoint, a cybersecurity and compliance solutions provider, has unveiled Cloud Account Defense (CAD) for Microsoft Office 365 users.

CAD protects Office 365 users, data and financial assets on all networks and devices, according to a prepared statement. By doing so, the solution enables security teams to detect and investigate compromised Office 365 accounts and combat email account compromise (EAC) credential theft tactics.

What Does CAD Offer Security Teams?

Key features of CAD include:

  • Behavioral Analytics: Monitor unusual or suspicious user activity that may indicate brute-force automated credential guessing.
  • Data Analysis: Use threat intelligence to establish safe baseline behaviors, detect compromised accounts and flag suspicious behavior.
  • Granular Forensics: Prioritize security alerts based on severity to prevent alert fatigue.
  • Policy Support: Develop security policies based on user, location, network, device, suspicious activity and other parameters.

CAD can be deployed across the entire Office 365 suite, according to Proofpoint. It enables security teams to identify Office 365 threats that often go undetected and address these dangers before they cause financial or data loss.

Proofpoint Appoints Citrix Veteran as COO

In addition to launching CAD, Proofpoint this week named Klaus Oestermann as its president and chief operating officer.

Oestermann spent more than 17 years at Citrix Systems, where he served as SVP and GM of the company's delivery networks division and held senior positions in its sales and services organization in both EMEA and the United States. Prior to joining Citrix, Oestermann was managing director at managed IT and data center services provider CMA Systems and held various roles at IBM.

Also, Eric Hahn, chairman of Proofpoint's board of directors, has announced his retirement. Proofpoint CEO Gary Steele will replace Hahn as chairman, and current board member Dana Evan will assume the role of lead independent director for the company.

What Is Proofpoint?

Proofpoint offers cloud-based solutions to protect organizations against cyber threats and compliance risks. To date, Proofpoint's solutions have helped organizations stop 99 percent of attachment-based attacks, including cyber threats and compliance risks in over 600 million emails, 7 million mobile apps and thousands of social media accounts.

Furthermore, Proofpoint offers a channel partner program for managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs). This program provides channel partners with access to Proofpoint marketing, sales enablement, training and technical tools and resources.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.