KnowBe4 Recognized as a Microsoft Security Excellence Awards Finalist for Diversity in Security

KnowBe4 recognized for its commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and the cybersecurity industry

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it is a Diversity in Security award finalist for the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards. The organization was honored among a global field of industry leaders that demonstrated success across the security landscape during the past 12 months. Finalist S. A. 800x800 Diversity in Security KnowBe4

“KnowBe4 is proud to be recognized as a finalist for Microsoft’s Security Excellence Awards for diversity in security,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “We understand the importance of instilling and embracing diversity and inclusion initiatives both internally and within the cybersecurity industry. Our commitment to diversity is exemplified in the scholarship opportunities we offer to underrepresented cybersecurity students, the employee resource groups we have created to support employees internally and the multitude of diverse events that we participate in.”

At the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards on April 24, 2023, Microsoft will celebrate finalists in 11 award categories honoring partner trailblazers, solution innovators, customer and technology champions, and changemakers. This is the fourth year Microsoft is recognizing partners for their outstanding work in the security landscape. All finalists are members of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), an ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) that have integrated their security products and services with Microsoft’s security technology. 

“I’m very pleased to extend my warmest congratulations to this year’s finalists for the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards. These are presented each year to recognize the outstanding achievements of our Microsoft Intelligent Security Association members as they improve customers' ability to identify and respond to security threats. Our community is made up of the most reliable and trusted security vendors worldwide. This year we received hundreds of quality submissions from partners and Microsoft stakeholders, so this year's finalists stood out in a crowd of exceptional talent. It’s my pleasure to acknowledge and celebrate their work over the past year,” said Maria Thomson, Microsoft Intelligent Security Association Lead.

MISA was established to bring together Microsoft leaders, ISVs, and MSSPs to work together to defeat security threats and make the world a safer place. The industry veterans in MISA and Microsoft will vote to select the winners of the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards, providing an opportunity for colleagues to honor their peers for delivering exceptional work to our shared customers.

For more information on KnowBe4’s diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives and more, visit

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About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 56,000 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 their last line of defense.

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