(Tampa Bay, FL) April 12, 2016 -- KnowBe4 Inc., the United States’ most popular integrated platform for security awareness computer based training and simulated phishing tests, released a new Spring 2016 version with advanced security features, bringing enterprise level security features to SMBs. Exploding threats of ransomware, CEO email fraud and other social engineering attacks make employee training a must. KnowBe4 helps IT manage the risks of social engineering with advanced security features in its new Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training Spring 2016.
An FBI alert issued on April 4, 2016 warned of a massive increase in CEO fraud to the tune of 2.3 billion dollars. Companies are now realizing they cannot keep doing the same old annual awareness training, as threats are evolving much faster.
KnowBe4’s program provides a comprehensive new-school approach that integrates baseline testing using mock attacks, engaging web-based training and continuous assessment through simulated phishing, vishing or smishing attacks to build a more resilient and secure organization. KnowBe4 also provides "double-random" message delivery with hundreds of highly realistic phishing messages, spread over time. Every employee receives a different phishing email at a different time, eliminating the “prairie dog” effect. Automated phishing campaigns with unlimited usage and community templates help keep IT efforts current. The new advanced features include:
KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick stated "EZXploit truly assesses whether your business can be exploited by the bad guys. Just clicking on a link sent in email alone doesn't mean your business can be successfully phished. The true test is to determine whether the user can be exploited. EZXploit allows you to evaluate that risk."
A recent study sponsored by University of Illinois, University of Michigan and Google, found 98% picked up dropped USBs and 45% opened or enabled files, confirming this as an effective attack vector for social engineering.
KnowBe4’s CEO Stu Sjouwerman stated, “Employees are the weakest link in your network security and you need effective security awareness training to keep on top of furiously innovating cybercrime. The new features we are announcing were previously out of reach for IT managers with limited budget, and we have worked hard to make effective training and frequent simulated phishing affordable for these companies.”
The strong demand for KnowBe4’s training has propelled it into the Cybersecurity 500 and fueled unparalleled growth for 11 straight quarters.
For more information, pricing, or demos, visit www.KnowBe4.com
About Stu Sjouwerman and KnowBe4
Stu Sjouwerman (pronounced “shower-man”) is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, Inc., which hosts the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. A data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, Sjouwerman was the co-founder of Inc. 500 company Sunbelt Software, a multiple award-winning, anti-malware software company that was acquired in 2010. Realizing that the human element of security
was being seriously neglected, Sjouwerman decided to help organizations manage the problem of cybercrime social engineering tactics through new school security awareness computer based training. Thousands of organizations, in a variety of industries, including highly-regulated fields, such as healthcare, finance, energy, government, and insurance have mobilized their end users as a first line of defense using KnowBe4. Sjouwerman is the author of four books, with his latest being “Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses.” For more information, visit www.knowbe4.com and follow @StuAllard on Twitter.
About Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick, ‘the World’s Most Famous Hacker’, is an internationally recognized computer security expert with extensive experience in exposing the vulnerabilities of complex operating systems and telecom devices. He gained notoriety as a highly skilled hacker who penetrated some of the most resilient computer systems ever developed. Today, Mitnick is renowned as an information security consultant and keynote speaker and has authored four books, including The New York Times best seller Ghost in the Wires. His latest endeavor is a collaboration with KnowBe4, LLC as its Chief Hacking Officer.