Texas state and government employees can now be better equipped to prevent phishing and other social engineering incidents with security awareness training and simulated phishing from KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced that it is now certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources for state and local government employees in Texas.
House Bill 3834 (86R) was created to require that state and local government employees take mandatory cybersecurity training to help better protect the government. It requires that the Texas Department of Information Resources, in consultation with the Texas Cybersecurity Council, certify cybersecurity training programs for state and local government employees. KnowBe4 has been selected to be certified. The course requirements include a focus on information security habits and procedures that protect information resources and teach best practices for detecting, assessing, reporting and addressing information security threats.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to bring our security awareness training and simulated phishing to more of the government employees who work for the state of Texas,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “State and local governments have been making headlines recently due to an onslaught of ransomware attacks. Government organizations really need this type of training to build up their human firewall, which will help to protect them against the ongoing problem of social engineering.”
An organization can measure its Phish-proneTM Percentage, which indicates how many of their employees are likely to fall for a phishing or social engineering scam, to evaluate the security mindset of its employees. Every organization regardless of size and vertical is susceptible to phishing and social engineering without computer-based training. The average initial baseline Phish-prone Percentage is around 30% and after one year of testing and simulated phishing, drops down to just 2%.
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KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 29,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as the last line of defense.
Number 161 on the 2019 Inc. 500 list, #34 on 2018 Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and #2 in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500. KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida with European offices in England, the Netherlands, Germany and offices in Brazil, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Singapore.