FireEye Oculus APT Protection Platform Aimed at Small Businesses

The offering also includes continuous monitoring to help address the advanced security needs of midmarket companies.

Virtual machine-based security platform developer FireEye is reaching out to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) with the launch of Oculus for SMB, which offers advanced threat prevention platforms for Web, email and mobile.

With the FireEye NX series platform, SMBs have the ability to stop Web-based attacks that some traditional and next-generation firewalls (NGFW), and Web gateways miss. The NX series protects against zero-day Web exploits and multi-protocol callbacks to keep sensitive data and systems safe.

Businesses can also leverage cloud-based or the on-premise EX series platform to protect against advanced email attacks, and can leverage a cloud-based platform to address threats targeting mobile devices and help ensure that mobile apps are safe to use.

"For years, FireEye has provided unprecedented protection to the enterprise, but there’s no question that small and medium-sized businesses have as much need for effective information security technology as large companies," Charles Kolodgy, research vice president of security products at IT research firm IDC, said in a statement. "Cyber-criminals target small organizations who, consequently, require an effective solution to protect their businesses."

The solution also includes continuous monitoring to help address the advanced security needs of midmarket companies.

The monitoring platform includes FireEye threat intelligence, which augments customer IT teams to proactively recognize advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks.

It also has the ability to issue alerts to notify customers when their deployments fail remote health checks to ensure uninterrupted protection against advanced threats, while vertical-specific threat information provides a more comprehensive view of the landscape so SMBs can be better prepared to manage risk in their specific threat environment.

"FireEye is putting virtual machine technology into the hands of SMBs," Manish Gupta, FireEye senior vice president of products, said in a statement. "With the FireEye solution, SMBs obtain a simple and scalable security solution for advanced threats to safeguard corporate assets and drive down business risks. SMBs will enjoy unmatched advanced threat protection solution with continuous monitoring to augment their limited resources."

In November, the company announced the introduction of Email Threat Prevention, a cloud-based email security platform that uses signature-less virtual-machine analysis to identify and block or quarantine emails that contain attachments that exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities, URLs that lead to malicious content, or emails that are part of a sophisticated multi-stage APT attack.

The platform is built upon the company’s Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine architecture and preserves the multi-threat vector correlation within the enterprise’s FireEye deployment.

In addition, Email Threat Prevention customers are enrolled in the larger FireEye Dynamic Threat Intelligence (DTI) cloud platform, and businesses can utilize the Web security platform on-premise in concert with the Email Threat Prevention cloud-based platform for protection against blended attacks.