Sandboxing and DMARC Authentication Integrated into SpamTitan To Detect More Email Threats

Healthcare organizations are increasing investment in cybersecurity solutions to combat the threat from phishing, although the number of successful phishing attacks on healthcare organizations continues to grow. Even large healthcare providers struggle to block all attacks and the challenge is even greater for small to medium healthcare providers.

In order to serve the healthcare industry better and help them strengthen their defenses against advanced phishing and zero-day malware attacks, TitanHQ has added two new features to its SpamTitan spam filtering solution – DMARC email authentication and sandboxing.

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued an operational directive requiring all executive branch agencies to adopt Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC). DMARC was required to prevent government domains from being spoofed – A common tactic used by cybercriminals to make their phishing emails appear authentic.

DMARC authentication is one of the most important defenses against email impersonation attacks and helps to identify fraudulent use of domains. The integration of DMARC authentication into SpamTitan greatly increases protection against domain spoofing in phishing attacks, and ensures spoofed messages are not delivered to end users’ inboxes.

New variants of malware and ransomware are constantly being released. It takes time for new malware to be identified and for their signatures to be added to virus definition lists that are relied upon by anti-virus solutions. To better protect end users from these new malware threats, TitanHQ has incorporated a new Bitdefender-powered sandboxing feature into SpamTitan.

If a suspicious file is attached to an email, the file is sent to the sandbox for detonation and analysis. Using this protected environment, files may be evaluated securely to detect obfuscated malware, new malware threats, malicious payloads, and C2 servers calls. A wide array of file types are routed to the sandbox for analysis, including office documents, applications and executable files.


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TitanHQ explained that the sandbox service evaluates files by using purpose-developed, innovative machine learning algorithms to detect decoys and anti-evasion strategies, and performs an aggressive behavior evaluation. The results of the analysis are checked against a comprehensive range of online repositories. Files confirmed to be malicious are sent to Bitdefender’s Global Protective Network and are subsequently blocked worldwide. The whole process takes just a few minutes.

TitanHQ CEO Ronan Kavanagh said that launching both features shows the company’s commitment to consistently develop and improve SpamTitan email security. The new functions will help boost the defenses of healthcare providers against advanced malware and phishing attacks.

About Liam Johnson
Liam Johnson has produced articles about HIPAA for several years. He has extensive experience in healthcare privacy and security. With a deep understanding of the complex legal and regulatory landscape surrounding patient data protection, Liam has dedicated his career to helping organizations navigate the intricacies of HIPAA compliance. Liam focusses on the challenges faced by healthcare providers, insurance companies, and business associates in complying with HIPAA regulations. Liam has been published in leading healthcare publications, including The HIPAA Journal. Liam was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The HIPAA Guide in 2023. Contact Liam via LinkedIn: