Good news: Appliance fights spear-phishing. Bad news: You can't afford it

Cyveillance pitches appliance as way to stop social engineering, with lots of customized services to help.

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Cyveillance may create an SMB version of the service at some point, Srivastava said. Right now it's concentrating on its enterprise customers and the higher cost structure they can support.

Data Loss Protection and real-time security services from companies promise similar results, mainly by identifying sensitive data as it leaves the network, or detecting call-home activity from malware once it's installed.

None promise quite the mix of filtering and analysis as Cyveillance, at least not yet. None of them are cheap, either.

You could argue that Cyveillance is working awfully hard to idiot-proof corporate security and email.

You'd be right, because the quality of idiot, in this case, is very high, as is the ability of phishers to take advantage of them.

Given that humans are the weak point in the defense and strength of the offence, it may be that no systematized social-engineering defense will ever be even mostly successful at blocking spear phishing.

Expensive and complex as it is, though, Cyveillance's approach seems pretty comprehensive.

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