KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it has been named a finalist for the Microsoft Security 20/20 Security Trailblazer award. The company was honored among a global field of industry leaders for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation with Microsoft technology.
“When KnowBe4 started out, there was so much industry focus on hardware and software offerings, but little focus on the most overlooked factor in cybersecurity – the human element,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “After decades of combating malware and hackers, everyone now recognizes that the fight will not be won without improving the human part of the equation. Being recognized by Microsoft as a finalist in the Security Trailblazer category is a huge accomplishment and speaks to the success we have had in the security awareness training market.”
We are all in this together to help make the world a safe place to work, play, and compute. Microsoft has revolutionized and improved computers and computer security in so many ways. Their lasting impact is felt throughout the world. And despite their best security improvements, malicious hackers and malware have persisted by abusing the one part of the equation that couldn’t be fixed by software and hardware alone, the human element. We recognized early on that helping people to better recognize and handle malicious threats that made it through the other protections was essential to decreasing systematic risk. When we started out many people disagreed, although today what we do and why we do it isn’t questioned anymore.
At the second annual Microsoft Security 20/20 awards to be held May 12, 2021, we will celebrate finalists in 18 categories spanning security, compliance, and identity. KnowBe4 has been nominated as a finalist for the Security Trailblazer category.
“The pandemic has forever changed our perspective on the world, the role of technology, and how we work, learn, and live,” said Rani Lofstrom, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Global Security Partnerships. “In recognition of our new reality, the theme for the Microsoft Security 20/20 Awards this year is ‘Perspective—Through the Looking Glass.’ The awards ceremony this year will honor our security partners who have gone above and beyond during an unprecedented time of change to support, secure, and protect remote workers everywhere.”
The Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) was established to help further the security ecosystem, fostering an environment where solution providers can collaborate to create a future that’s safer for people and organizations alike. This year, the industry veterans in MISA will vote to select the winners of the Microsoft Security 20/20 awards, providing an opportunity for colleagues to honor their peers for delivering exceptional work to our shared customers.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 35,000 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.