How to Protect Against Phishing Attacks that Follow Natural Disasters

By Aaron Riley and Darrel Rendell

With Hurricane Florence battering parts of the East Coast, here’s a reminder that phishing campaigns sometimes pretend to promote natural-disaster relief efforts in hopes of successfully compromising their target. Cofense IntelligenceTM has analyzed plenty of these campaigns, which are designed to entice the end user into credential theft or endpoint infection.

Cofense Shortlisted for Three UK Computing Technology Product Awards

We are delighted to share the news that CofenseTM has been shortlisted for not just one but three Computing Technology Product Awards! Some of the most prestigious awards on the UK IT industry’s calendar, the Computing Technology Product Awards aim to recognise the very best in technology and shine a spotlight on the winners.

Following are the categories we are shortlisted for.

Best Business Security Provider

This recognizes our history and reputation in defining and leading the space. Since 2007, Cofense has pioneered the phishing defense industry. While we began in phishing awareness with what was then called PhishMe Simulator™, we’ve since innovated in phishing reporting, phishing incident response, and phishing intelligence. Our rebranding as Cofense earlier this year underscored the ways we deliver a complete, collective defense against phishing attacks in progress.

Best Security Product for SMB

We got the nod here for Cofense PhishMe FreeTM, our entry-level product for businesses with 500 employees or less. Roughly half of all cyber-attacks target small businesses. A similar percentage of SMBs have experienced an attack or breach in the past 12 months. PhishMe Free enables those with small budgets and limited staff to condition users to recognize and report phishing. Though it costs nothing, it comes with deep educational content, plus the reporting and analytics to grasp performance and exposure.

Customer Project of the Year

We’re especially proud of this one. It recognizes our mission to combat cyber-threats with a major university in London. The university picked Cofense to empower over 20,000 staff and students to be an active line of defence and source of attack intelligence in its fight against cybercrime. The university has deployed solutions across the Cofense product line: Cofense PhishMeTM, our phishing awareness solution; Cofense ReporterTM, our one-click email reporting button; and Cofense TriageTM, our automated phishing incident response platform.

Universities are hit with hundreds of successful cyber-attacks each year. Upping the difficulty factor, universities have a constantly shifting user base of students, administrators, and teachers—a moving target for security teams trying to protect data, valuable research and other intellectual property. For a detailed view of our work with City, University of London, read this article by Cofense Cofounder and CTO Aaron Higbee.

For nearly 40 years, Computing has assessed and reported on IT solutions, earning industry-wide respect from both vendors and end-users. These readers will be voting to determine this year’s winners after the final round of judging has been completed in September.

So, watch this space—next time we hope to be asking for your vote!

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Doubling Down on PhishMe with New Features and Awareness Focus

Back in 2008, Cofense™ (PhishMe®) pretty much invented the phishing awareness industry when we unveiled the first phishing simulation program for businesses. Cofense PhishMe™ made it easy to condition employees to recognize and report phishing emails and today, over 27 million (and counting) end users in 160 countries, including employees at half the Fortune 100, rely on our expertise.

New Name, Same People, Stronger Balance Sheet

Rohyt Belani, CEO & Co-founder, Cofense

So far, it’s been a very exciting 2018 here at Cofense, with our recent acquisition and announcement of our new name and brand. We continued performing well as a company and launching numerous new features across our products. 

PhishMe is now Cofense.

On February 27th 2007, while on the phone with my friend and co-founder Rohyt Belani, I typed the name into GoDaddy™. We couldn’t believe our good luck and immediately registered it. As the co-founder who named this company PhishMe®, the emotional attachment is real. Somewhere in the pile of entrepreneurial startup books, I have a branding book that suggested your name is a vessel that should be big enough to carry your future products and services. We outgrew that boat quite some time ago.