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Cofense Launches Cofense Validator to Help Organizations Evaluate the Efficacy of Secure Email Gateways Against Real Threats

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Leesburg, Va. – February 9, 2022 – Cofense®, the leading provider of phishing detection and response (PDR) solutions, today announced Cofense Validator, a new and innovative solution designed to empower organizations to independently understand the effectiveness of their secure email gateways (SEGs) by testing them with active, live phishing threats.

Organizations spend a significant portion of their budget on secure email gateways to prevent phishing attacks. Cofense Validator is the first product in the marketplace that offers the ability to continuously evaluate this spend against peers using live phishing data.

Cofense is the only email security company that detects phish that have bypassed SEGs from all major vendors. This dynamic dataset of advanced phishing threat intelligence fuels Cofense Validator on a constant basis offering the ability for continuous validation of a SEG’s abilities. With Cofense Validator, users can:

  • Independently test SEG vendors’ claims of “stopping 99% of phishing”
  • Benchmark how their SEG compares to other vendors for different phishing tactics
  • Collaborate with peers on configuration best practices
  • Quickly evaluate how changes to their SEG’s configurations enhance or degrade efficacy
  • Proactively alert security teams when filtering changes may have been made by other departments

“There are numerous options out there when it comes to selecting a secure email gateway, and they promise to block 99% of bad emails, some at a much higher cost than others,” said Aaron Higbee, Cofense CTO and co-founder. “Until now, customers had to rely on ridiculously contrived bake-offs conducted by the SEG vendors using self-serving datasets. Of course, they are going to pass their own test. They know how difficult it is for customers to curate live phishing data to perform their own independent testing. Cofense’s 24×7 visibility into threats such as BEC, ransomware, credential harvesting and malicious attachments that have bypassed major SEGs allows Cofense Validator to be the only objective analyzer of SEG performance.”

Cofense Validator works by sending real, in-the-wild phishing threats identified by Cofense through a customer’s SEG to see how effective it is at stopping those active threats. Customers realize instant ROI through reports with immediately actionable information. Cofense Validator uses what we know about advanced phishing tactics from Cofense Intelligence to test SEG effectiveness against current, verifiable, live phishing threats – not older threats that are already found on common access deny lists or threats that are cherry picked specifically to make a SEG evaluation look good.

To learn more about how Cofense Validator is helping organizations determine the effectiveness of their SEGs and make more informed buying decisions, click here.

To schedule a free trial of Cofense Validator, click here.

About Cofense

Cofense® is the leading provider of phishing detection and response solutions. Designed for enterprise organizations, the Cofense Phishing Detection and Response (PDR) platform leverages a global network of over 30 million people actively reporting suspected phish, combined with advanced automation to stop phishing attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. When deploying the full suite of Cofense solutions, organizations can educate employees on how to identify and report phish, detect phish in their environment and respond quickly to remediate threats. With seamless integration into most major TIPs, SIEMs, and SOARs, Cofense solutions easily align with existing security ecosystems. Across a broad set of Global 1000 enterprise customers, including defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, Cofense understands how to improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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