Cloud-native email security company Area 1 Security has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Air Force (USAF)’s AFWERX initiative in order to showcase its Cloud email security solution to the Air Force.
Under the SBIR Phase I, Area 1 Security will engage in a program designed to introduce its cutting-edge anti-phishing solutions and technology to USAF teams and develop a framework for future projects, including technical and other services.
With the funding, Area 1 Security will demonstrate its cloud email security solution to the USAF. It is the first and only preemptive, cloud-native email security provider capable of stopping phishing campaigns 24 days (on average) before they launch. The company’s solution keeps inboxes clean of phishing threats, which cause 95% of cybersecurity incidents. Over a 12-month period, Area 1 Security prevented more than half a billion dollars in direct losses for some of the world’s largest healthcare, financial services, retail, and consumer goods brands.
“The initial entry points for most nation-state cyber attacks are Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks that infiltrate the government’s trusted partners and technology providers. This can set off a chain of credential theft and other events that expose data and other critical assets,” said Patrick Sweeney, CEO of Area 1 Security.
“We help organizations overcome these threats by protecting them across all phishing attack vectors — email, web, social and network — and ensuring that inboxes stay clean and free of threats. Our technology has proven that it can prevent these attacks across many commercial and governmental customers, and it is ready to adapt to the critical requirements of the U.S. Air Force.”
The DoD is not immune to BEC and other threats that typically target the private sector. For example, there has been a surge in military “spear phishing” as many personnel switch to telework. The 502nd Air Base Wing issued a warning about phishing email scams affecting countless airmen; as Col. Anthony Thomas, AFCYBER Operations director, has previously noted, “Spear-phishing attacks are a persistent threat to the integrity of our networks.”