Facebook Selects MarkMonitor Antifraud Solutions to Combat Malware
Social networking site chooses brand protection expert to help defend reputation and customers against targeted malware attacks
San Francisco, April 30 2009 – MarkMonitor®, the global leader in enterprise brand protection, today announced Facebook® has selected MarkMonitor AntiFraud Solutions to supplement its own in-house security efforts in protecting users against malware attacks. Facebook, which already uses MarkMonitor AntiFraud Solutions to help combat phishing attacks, is expanding its use of MarkMonitor to further protect the Facebook platform and its millions of loyal users against ongoing malware attacks.
“Our deep commitment to the safety of our users requires a strong proactive security strategy, best-of-breed technology and active engagement with industry leaders,” said Ryan McGeehan, threat analyst at Facebook. “MarkMonitor demonstrated that it understood the complexity of the phishing issue we were facing so it was a natural next step for us to bolster our own security systems with their antimalware solution.”
Social utility leaders such as Facebook can be prime targets for malware attacks due to the brand’s strong appeal which can be used to trick users into being infected and the ability to use the communication platform as a distribution channel. Once infected, malware can cause havoc on a user’s PC by deleting important files and creating general disruption to the user experience. Malware can also achieve nefarious purposes by residing silently on a system and capturing personal information such as usernames, passwords and social security numbers that can be used to perpetuate identity theft.
MarkMonitor AntiFraud Solutions offer patented technology to enable brand owners to prevent, detect and respond to phishing and malware attacks. These integrated solutions and services are available 24x7 and provide the industry’s most robust set of data sources, fast site shutdowns, forensic reporting, preventative tools, and the broadest response network. Detection and analysis of malware is provided by Panda Security, one of the leading IT security companies. By using MarkMonitor AntiFraud Solutions, brand owners can preserve their investments in online business, reduce their risk profile, and attain a quick return on investment.
“The meteoric success of Facebook makes it a natural target for malware attacks that seek to capitalize on their trusted and recognizable brand,” said Frederick Felman, chief marketing officer of MarkMonitor. “Our experience protecting Fortune 500 companies, as well as our close day-to-day interaction with Facebook’s own dedicated security team, allows us to expertly address Facebook’s concerns about malware and phishing, and to help protect their platform and their users from ongoing attacks.”
MarkMonitor, the global leader in enterprise brand protection, offers comprehensive solutions and services that safeguard brands, reputation and revenue from online risks. With end-to-end solutions that address the growing threats of online fraud, brand abuse and unauthorized channels, MarkMonitor enables a secure Internet for businesses and their customers. The company’s exclusive access to data combined with its patented real-time prevention, detection and response capabilities provide wide-ranging protection to the ever-changing online risks faced by brands today. For more information, visit www.markmonitor.com.
Te Smith, MarkMonitor
Monica Walsh, A&R Edelman for MarkMonitor