Proofpoint has been granted a patent for a method involving a URL velocity monitor integrated with an email processing system. The monitor tracks the velocity of URL features in email traffic, using counters to detect acceleration. URLs showing acceleration are placed in a queue for sandboxing. GlobalData’s report on Proofpoint gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Proofpoint, Network traffic analysis was a key innovation area identified from patents. Proofpoint's grant share as of January 2024 was 52%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Url velocity monitor for tracking and analyzing urls in emails

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Proofpoint Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11882131B1) discloses a method and system for URL velocity monitoring in computer networks. The method involves receiving a URL, decomposing it into URL features, determining URL features of interest, and tracking the velocity of each URL feature in email traffic. The system includes a processor, a computer-readable medium, and stored instructions for implementing the monitoring process. By using a URL velocity tracking strategy, the system can detect accelerating velocities of URL features within a specified time period and take action, such as sandboxing or analyzing the URL in a secure environment, when necessary.

Furthermore, the patent covers additional features such as parsing URLs to identify randomized or static information, comparing velocities with thresholds to determine acceleration, and tracking various URL features like document identifiers, user identifiers, ports, query parameters, domain names, local hostnames, or path segments. The system's ability to monitor and analyze URL velocities in email traffic can enhance cybersecurity measures by identifying potentially malicious URLs and taking proactive steps to mitigate risks. This innovation showcases advancements in monitoring technology to ensure the security and integrity of computer networks, particularly in the context of email communications where malicious URLs can pose significant threats to users and organizations.

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