Lastline Inc., the leader in advanced network-based malware protection, today announced a partnership with GT Maritime, the leading provider of specialized technologies to ensure vessel compliance and business operability, as well as keeping crew in touch with friends and family while at sea. GT Maritime’s GTMailPlus, a secure, reliable, cloud-based service that optimizes essential business and personal communications, now includes Lastline’s industry-leading advanced malware detection technology to ensure ships’ communications, navigation, and other systems are secure from malware.
More than 51,000 commercial ships carrying 90% of the world’s trade goods provide a very large and vulnerable target for cybercriminals. A majority of malware is distributed via email, so securing email is essential for protecting onboard systems from advanced malware that easily evades detection by anti-virus (AV), anti-spam, and other anti-malware technologies.
Cybercriminals target ships at sea for a number of reasons, including ransomware (demanding payment to return control of a ship’s navigation system, for example), identity theft (targeting ship email systems in order to infect unsuspecting crew members), and politically-driven motives, such as decreasing a navy’s ability to intercept ballistic missiles. Regardless of the initial motive, the collateral impact of crippling a ship’s communications systems includes isolating the crew from friends and family.
“The added security that Lastline will now deliver provides immense value to our customers,” noted Robert Kenworthy, CEO of GT Maritime. “It greatly diminishes the risk of malware infecting critical systems that could lead to devastating results. When the risks are this high, only the best technology will suffice.”
Lastline has been repeatedly identified as the most effective at detecting advanced malware by independent third parties. For the second year in a row, Lastline achieved 100 percent security effectiveness in the 2017 NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems Group Test. Prior to Lastline achieving 100 percent detection in the 2016 Breach Detection test, no other product had achieved this result in any NSS test. In addition, the 2016 Forrester Wave™: Automated Malware Analysis Q2 Report identifies Lastline as the strongest offering on the market.
“We’re honored that GT Maritime selected Lastline for their malware detection,” said Brian Laing, Lastline CRO. “We have a long history of partnering with market-leading companies that, after extensive vetting, identified Lastline as superior to alternatives. In such a unique market, we’re pleased that we can do our part to ensure the safety of ships at sea, as well as their cargo and crews.”
GT Maritime deployed the Lastline sensor in-line in full Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) mode to isolate, independently analyze, and block malicious attachments and URLs before they are routed to recipients. The Lastline analysis provides evidence-based reporting so that GT Maritime’s incident response engineers have complete transparency. Lastline malware detection, fully integrated with GT Maritime’s GTMailPlus, is available immediately.