Cofense Unveils Automated Phishing Detection and Response Capability

Leesburg, Va. – Dec. 21, 2020Cofense, the leading provider of phishing detection and response (PDR) solutions, today announced new product innovations to Cofense Vision. Most notably, the addition of an Auto Quarantine feature that identifies and automatically removes malicious emails from recipients’ inboxes – often before users see or have a chance to open them, based on our knowledge of similar threats in other customer environments. This high degree of automation significantly reduces the time to identify and resolve attacks, provides protection from threats that bypass Secure Email Gateways (SEGs) every day, and lessens a security analyst’s time spent hunting malicious email. Auto Quarantine is powered by the Cofense Intelligence™ network of Cofense researchers, the Phishing Defense Center® (PDC) team of analysts, and millions of people around the world identifying and reporting suspected phish. 

How it Works

The Cofense team closely monitors the threat landscape and is able to leverage a global network of over 25 million human sensors identifying and reporting on suspicious emails, and a team of advanced researchers and intelligence analysts to create an unparalleled view of threats happening in real time around the world. The moment a threat is identified, Cofense analysts generate an Indicator of Compromise (IOC) tuned to stopping that threat. With Vision’s Auto Quarantine feature, these IOCs are used to identify malicious emails that have bypassed the SEG seconds after they are received. When a match is found, the email is auto quarantined where it can then be examined and if appropriate, removed permanently. Current Cofense Vision users are observing several such threats as being automatically addressed every day, thus significantly reducing the window of vulnerability to active email-borne threats like ransomware, business email compromise (BEC), malware attacks, and credential theft. 

Cofense Vision with Auto Quarantine Proven Effective in Enterprise Organizations  

Fortune 500 Retail Organization:

A large retail customer was an early adopter of Cofense Vision with Auto Quarantine. The account team provided an email to the customer with a recently identified public malicious phishing link. The email completely bypassed all of the existing email security controls. But within seconds, and before the recipient could open the email, Vision identified the email as a threat and auto quarantined it. This happened without any human intervention.

Large, Full-service Mortgage Provider:

This enterprise organization deployed Vision with the new Auto Quarantine feature across its organization. During the first week, Vision identified six separate phishing campaigns. Each of these campaigns contained approximately 500 phishing emails that had bypassed existing email security technology and made it to recipient inboxes. The Vision Auto Quarantine functionality immediately quarantined the thousands of emails without analyst interaction and before a recipient could open the email, quickly and effectively reducing risk to the organization. Prior to Vision, the team did not have visibility into the extent of phishing campaigns nor any systematic way to identify and remove them.  

Global Construction Company:

When this global construction company enabled Auto Quarantine, they saw an immediate impact. A phishing campaign disguised as a Microsoft Teams invite to a holiday party appeared shortly after Auto Quarantine was configured. The email was immediately identified as a phishing campaign and over 200 emails were auto quarantined. After the initial detection, the company continued to be targeted with the same phishing campaign and the auto quarantine functionality in Vision has continued to detect and remove several dozen more attacks.  

“Phishing threats are human-developed, which is why Cofense is helping organizations ‘out-human’ the phishing threat. By continuously updating our solutions with capabilities to remove real-world threats before anyone in the organization even sees them, Cofense is greatly reducing the risk of a phishing attack,” says Aaron Higbee, Co-Founder and CTO of Cofense. “With the newest version of Cofense Vision, organizations can immediately operationalize Cofense’s indicators of compromise and automatically remove malicious email from an environment even before a team member tags them as suspicious. Customers are quickly adopting Auto Quarantine for its effectiveness in stopping threats that bypass SEGs, and for delivering immense productivity gains for SOC and IR teams.”

To learn more about Cofense’s PDR platform, designed to deploy as an integrated suite of products or delivered as a comprehensive managed PDR service through the Cofense Phishing Defense Center (PDC), please visit www.cofense.com/.

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 25 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 www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cofense Introduces Industry Changing Phishing Detection and Response (PDR) Platform

Leesburg, Va. – Dec. 7, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today introduced its Phishing Detection and Response (PDR) platform, a solution designed specifically for enterprise organizations. As phishing attacks continue to become more sophisticated, persistent, and adapt to legacy security defenses, demand for end-to-end phishing defense solutions is at an all-time high. The Cofense PDR platform provides a comprehensive approach to stopping phishing attacks through global crowd-sourced phishing intelligence from 25 million people combined with advanced automation.

Cofense’s new PDR platform is designed to deploy as an integrated suite of products or delivered as a comprehensive managed PDR service through the Cofense Phishing Defense Center (PDC). Both options effectively stop phishing attacks and combat the savviness of attackers through a combination of people and automated technology to quickly reduce and remove the risk.

Despite massive investments in secure email gateways (SEGs) and awareness training across industries, phishing attacks continue to reach users. Gartner’s report* “How to Respond to the 2020 Threat Landscape” (17 June 2020; John Watts), mentions:

·       “Phishing is still the No.1 initial access vector for malware attacks”

·       “Phishing and other human-facing social engineering tactics remain the primary vectors of successful attacks”

·       “Spear phishing, as well as whaling using business email compromise (BEC) are becoming more common and, potentially, more destructive. The FBI reported that BEC accounted for more than $26 billion in losses from 2016 through 2019.”

“Cofense is the leading provider of PDR as a result of our approach in combining technical innovations with a network of over 25 million people around the world who identify, report and share suspected phish information. Human Intelligence will always be greater than Artificial Intelligence, and when combined with technology, Cofense delivers unparalleled protection for organizations,” said Rohyt Belani, Co-Founder and CEO, Cofense.

Cofense’s PDR platform is the most holistic solution on the market, and includes:

  • PhishMe: Completely rearchitected to address the needs of enterprise-size organizations, users can more easily and efficiently run phishing simulations and manage their security awareness program; carefully crafted simulations based on real – not theoretical – phish immerse users in the experience of being phished from end to end, improving an organization’s resiliency to attacks.
  • Triage: The first phishing-specific orchestration, automation and response solution that helps identify active phishing attacks in progress; suspected phish are rapidly clustered and analyzed by SOC analysts who queue indicators for remediation.
  • Vision: Driven by automation, Vision quickly identifies all recipients of phishing attacks and automatically quarantines and removes the threat from all mailboxes; enables SOC and IR teams to proactively hunt for unreported threats, IOCs and TTPs, and creates transparent audit and governance of mitigation actions.
  • Intelligence: Proprietary global collection sources provide an extensive real-time view into threat campaigns observed in the wild; delivers high-fidelity, phishing-specific alerts and intelligence, providing accurate and timely assessments of both the current phishing threat landscape and emerging trends. Information from the Intel solution can be easily integrated with existing SOARs, SIEMs and TIPs.

Cofense Managed PDR

  • For enterprise organizations that prefer to seek managed solutions, the Cofense Phishing Defense Center team delivers Managed PDR, managing the entire phishing detection and response process. Security operators gain the expertise, resources and peace of mind needed to proactively defend against current or emerging threats with unparalleled outcomes by engaging Cofense Managed PDR. As recently discussed, the PDC team stopped and removed an attack in less than 10 minutes.

The Gartner Market Guide for Email Security (published September 8, 2020, Mark Harris, Peter Firstbrook, Ravisha Chugh) recommends that “Security and risk management leaders responsible for email security should: Address gaps in the advanced threat defense capabilities of an incumbent secure email gateway (SEG) by either replacing them or supplementing them with complementary capabilities via API integration.”

By integrating all components of the Cofense PDR platform, organizations can detect phish in their environment, educate employees on how to identify and report phish, and respond quickly to remediate the threats before there is harm done to their organization. To learn more about Cofense and PDR, please visit cofense.com/product-overview.

*Gartner, How to Respond to the 2020 Threat Landscape, John Watts, 17 June 2020

 

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 25 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 www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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Cofense Launches New Community Resource Center to Enhance Customer Experience

Leesburg, Va. – Dec. 1, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today introduced the new Cofense Resource Center. Formerly known as Community, Cofense has completely transformed their centralized resource hub exclusively for customers with a new interface, an integration with Zendesk ticketing, and new capabilities to enhance the user experience. Within the Resource Center, users can access a robust knowledge base, learn technical best practices, access a repository of product documentation and trainings, and grow existing phishing awareness strategies.

New features built in to the Cofense Resource Center include enhanced search capabilities that make it easier for users to navigate to support resources that will help them achieve their desired security results. A new customer ticket portal allows customers to quickly access all their tickets, and sort by key words or status. Technical support tickets created within the Resource Center are automatically routed to Cofense engineers with the appropriate skills to troubleshoot the issue, resulting in faster resolution times.

“Our customers have shared that they wanted a streamlined and easy-to-navigate resource center where they could find solutions, and submit and track tickets,” said Carolyn Merritt, Cofense VP, Customer Experience. “We are very proud of the new Resource Center and look forward to supporting users of all experience levels, and ultimately helping organizations improve their phishing detection and response programs.”

For more information about Cofense, please visit www.cofense.com. 

About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cofense Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual Submerge 2020

Leesburg, Va. – Aug. 20Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today released its speaker lineup and agenda details for Virtual Submerge 2020, the Global Phishing Defense Event of the Year. Set to take place virtually Sept. 22-23, Submerge will feature on-demand content focused on the latest trends in phishing attacks and phishing defense, specifically developed for individuals with security leadership, incident response, threat intelligence and security awareness responsibilities.

Featured keynote speaker Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator and Co-Founder of Crowdstrike Inc., will join Cofense speakers Rohyt Belani, CEO and Co-Founder, Aaron Higbee, CTO and Co-Founder, and Keith Ibarguen, Chief Product Officer, to deliver thought-provoking keynote sessions. The Virtual Submerge 2020 agenda offers a variety of educational sessions and presentations that will examine the state of the industry’s phishing detection and response.

“On behalf of Cofense, I would like to thank our many speakers who each bring extremely valuable experience to share with our attendees – Virtual Submerge promises deeper, more hands-on content than ever before,” said Belani. “Sessions will arm attendees with the latest insights on how combining technology and human intelligence creates a network effect that can be leveraged to defend against threats and avoid a breach, while raising awareness of the ways malicious actors are actively targeting organizations every day.”

During the two-day event, Virtual Submerge will showcase information that security professionals can use to influence strategic planning and improve security operations. This includes the latest in phishing defense best practices, insights from global thought leaders on the current phishing threat landscape, and regionally focused snapshots into active threats that are targeting global businesses.

The following industry luminaries will also present during Virtual Submerge:

  • Nick Adams, GuideWire
  • Peter Crumpton, NFU Mutual
  • Jason Bohr and Ryan Praskovitch, Nationwide Insurance
  • Tony Fachaux, National Bank of Canada
  • JJ Hodges, Community Health Systems
  • Lisa Plaggemier, Media Pro
  • Susan Rassas, Shell Information Technology
  • Lori Temples & Elizabeth McConnell, GreenSky
  • Peter Vu, NRI Secure
  • Jeff Van Wingerden (CRISC), Sound Transit

“As the global phishing defense event of the year, it is our mission to bring the security community together for two days to emphasize the threat of phishing attacks. Whether you are a security executive, awareness professional or analyst, Virtual Submerge has breakout sessions designed specifically for you,” added Higbee. “Our team is committed to promoting unique perspectives on the evolving phishing threat landscape, and the most effective tools, techniques, and intelligence to stop phishing attacks in their tracks.”

Cofense’s network of over 20 million human sensors around the world empowers organizations with intelligence to rapidly stop phishing attacks, even after they have evaded Secure Email Gateway (SEG) technologies. To learn more about Virtual Submerge and to register, please visit https://cofense.com/submerge/.

About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cofense Expands SOAR Integration Partners to Accelerate Phishing Incident Response

Enhanced integrations between Cofense Triage, Cofense Intelligence and SOAR solutions enable security teams to quickly respond to phishing campaigns that slip past perimeter defenses

LEESBURG, Va., Aug. 3, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced enhanced phishing analysis integrations with Cofense TriageTM and Cofense IntelligenceTM to further complement security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solutions from Palo Alto Networks Cortex XSOAR, ServiceNow Security Incident Response and Splunk Phantom.

Before phishing threats become actionable, security operations teams must quickly prioritize and analyze large volumes of suspicious emails to understand what is truly malicious. Cofense Triage automatically inspects employee-reported suspicious emails and turns phishing threat indicators into actionable intelligence to help security operations teams respond in minutes to threats that slip past perimeter defenses such as secure email gateways (SEGs). Cofense Intelligence is human-verified phishing intelligence that provides high-fidelity phishing indicators for security teams to respond with confidence when taking action on a phishing threat. Today’s leading SOAR solutions offer many benefits for security operations teams, and Cofense Triage and Cofense Intelligence continue to augment phishing incident response capabilities SOARs offer.

“Threat actors design their attacks to bypass email security controls and successfully deliver phishing emails directly to employee inboxes – technology alone is not enough to stop or analyze phishing threats. Cofense solutions leverage the intelligence of over 23 million human sensors to identify phishing attacks that technology misses every day,” said Allan Carey, Vice President of Business Development at Cofense. “Cofense Triage and Cofense Intelligence are complementary to SOAR, security information and event management (SIEM) and threat intelligence platform (TIP) tools, seamlessly integrating with existing security operations technologies and processes. We are committed to growing our technology partnerships and integrations, which provide mutual customers with accurate and reliable phishing defense determinations.”

“Cofense Triage integrating with Cortex XSOAR helps our security operations team quickly analyze, automate, and respond to phishing attacks in minutes, not hours,” said Rick DeLoach, Associate Director of Security Architecture and Operations, ADT. “The solutions are complementary to help analysts define and execute an effective workflow.”

Cofense Intelligence is an easy to consume API feed of malware and credential phishing campaigns. The feed supports automated ingestion into an organization’s SOAR, SIEM, TIP and other select technologies so that defenders can take swift action against emerging phishing campaigns. Every piece of Cofense Intelligence published is rigorously vetted by Cofense and includes the context an organization needs to understand the impact of phishing indicators of compromise (IOC) and threat actor tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs).

Cofense Triage offers comprehensive clustering capabilities to group reported emails by payload fingerprint, which addresses the challenge of understanding threats holistically. This allows analysis at a threat campaign level, rather than an individual email level. Organizations looking for a managed phishing defense solution can turn to Cofense’s Phishing Defense Center® (PDC) and receive analyst-reviewed indicators into their SOAR platform and automate escalation and response.

For a limited time, organizations can also stay on top of the latest threats that are confirmed to have reached employees inboxes with 90 days of free access to Cofense Intelligence. To learn more, visit the Cofense Real Phishing Threats searchable database and SEG Infocenter.

About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit https://www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cofense Launches Free Resource Center and Searchable Database Highlighting the Latest Phishing Attacks that Bypass Email Security Technologies

LEESBURG, Va. – June 9, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today launched a comprehensive resource center and easy-to-use Real Phishing Threats searchable database to help organizations see the phishing threats that slip past their secure email gateways (SEG). In a world where hackers and threat actors constantly innovate and use tried-and-true tactics to stay one step ahead of detection, a multi-layered approach to email security is essential. In 2019, the Cofense Phishing Defense Center® analyzed 1.9 million suspicious emails that landed in employee inboxes across the globe, one in seven of which were found to be malicious.

Built on the world’s largest data lake of phishing threats found by real people, Cofense combines the power of collective human detection and intelligence with automated response, enabling teams to stop phishing attacks rapidly after they have evaded perimeter technologies. To help organizations bolster their defenses, Cofense is revealing the phishing emails that bypass SEGs every single day as well as the steps organizations can take to empower their employees and security teams to detect, report, analyze and quickly neutralize these threats.

In the last 90 days alone, Cofense has found:

  • 31,231 malicious emails in environments protected by Microsoft Office 365
  • 13,610 malicious emails in environments protected by Proofpoint
  • 9,356 malicious emails in environments protected by Mimecast
  • 2,936 malicious emails in environments protected by Symantec

“Several organizations view SEGs as a panacea to their email security woes. These technologies fail to deliver on their promise every day,” said Rohyt Belani, chief executive officer and cofounder, Cofense. “All SEG vendors including Proofpoint, Microsoft, Symantec, Mimecast and Cisco, to name a few, are circumvented every day by even commonplace phishing attacks that use years old malware and credential harvesting tricks. Cofense provides a modern phishing defense and response solution that relies on 23 million humans across the globe for detection, making it impossible for attackers to model their threats. We then leverage machine learning and automation to help our customers rapidly identify the full scope of the attacks and neutralize them before incidents evolve to breaches.”

SEGs are the most common type of perimeter technology used to stop spam and malicious email from landing in user inboxes, but they fall short every day for several reasons. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report the top tactic used by adversaries to breach networks, and 92% of all malware is distributed via email according to a recent Cisco report. While SEGs can be tuned to validate senders, they cannot always defend against both tried-and-true and emerging tactics not seen before. Today’s phishing emails tend to use multiple stages of packing and obfuscation, rendering signature-based detection useless. Using real email accounts and legitimate websites, threat actors launch attacks and profit within hours. Not to mention, business email compromise (BEC) relies on email conversation, not URLs or other elements SEGs look for, to scam organizations out of billions every year.

Cofense will continue to regularly update its SEG Infocenter with the latest examples of real phish that have evaded email security technologies along with additional resources and intelligence related to SEG misses. For a limited time, organizations can also stay on top of the latest threats that are confirmed to have reached employees inboxes with 90 days of free access to Cofense Intelligence™, human-vetted, strategic and tactical intelligence that helps organizations inform their phishing defense strategy.

Visit the Cofense Real Phishing Threats searchable database at https://cofense.com/real-phishing-threats and SEG Infocenter at https://cofense.com/what-is-a-seg.

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About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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Net One Partners Extends their Security Portfolio with Cofense Phishing Defense Solutions in Japan

Tokyo, Japan – June 4, 2020 – Net One Partners, a high value added distributor in Japan, today announced a distribution partnership with Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide.

The mutually beneficial partnership will combine Net One Partners’ expertise and in-depth knowledge across a wide range of technology solutions, with Cofense’s market leading platform, to help protect organizations from advanced security threats.

Cofense’s incident response and phishing threat intelligence solutions enable security operations and incident response teams to respond quickly to threats in real-time, thereby reducing the risk of security breaches. Cofense’s intelligence-driven solutions engages the employee to be an active line of defense and a human threat detector by enabling them to recognize and report phishing attacks, malware, and other surrounding threats.

“Cofense’ phising defence solutions fortify our product lineups, providing our partners more value, and contributing to Japanese enterprise community by minimizing corporate confidential information leakage and other damages caused by phishing attacks,” said Akiko Kanai, Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Business Development and Sales Engineering at Net One Partners.  “We believe that partnership with Cofense is one of the key factors to expand our business in Japan.”

“Collaboration with industry leading IT and security companies such as Net One Partners extends our reach to a greater number of customers facing an unprecedented increase in frequency and damage caused by cyberattacks,” explained Robert Iannicello, VP of Global Channel Sales at Cofense. “Cofense is the only security company that provides a comprehensive and scalable human phishing defense solution. Through our partnership with Net One Partners, we are giving organizations across the Japan region the security solutions and intelligence they need to proactively detect and quickly respond to cyber-attacks.”

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About Net One Partners

Net One Partners, the advanced IT distributor in Japan, contributes its partners for successful business, corporate growth, and social development by providing “high value added” ICT solutions backed by highest level of technical capabilities and support system in Japan.  Net One Partners is also responsible for searching new leading edge technology products as well as developing new business solutions for Net One Group.

To learn more about Net One Partners, visit https://www.netone-pa.co.jp/en

 

About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cofense Announces Additional Investment by BlackRock and Appointment of Tom McDonough to Board of Directors

LEESBURG, Va. – April 28, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced the appointment of Tom McDonough to its Board of Directors as well as an additional investment from funds managed by BlackRock Private Equity Partners to support Cofense’s growth strategies. Initially inked in 2018 and expanded in 2019, Cofense’s continued partnership with BlackRock provides additional growth capital to advance research and development as well as further the company’s global expansion.

“We are pleased to build upon our relationship with BlackRock following one of our strongest quarters in company history,” said Rohyt Belani, Cofense co-founder and chief executive officer. “Combined with recent enhancements to Cofense’s leadership structure and the addition of Tom to our board of directors, the company is well positioned to meet growth and profitability targets in the coming year.”

Cofense’s security operations offerings, Cofense Triage and Cofense Vision, help organizations stop phishing attacks in their tracks by detecting, identifying, and rapidly quarantining malicious emails that evade secure email gateways (SEGs) every day. Cofense has close to 2,000 enterprise clients in over 150 countries, representing every major vertical from energy, financial, healthcare to manufacturing and high technology. Since January 2020, Cofense has achieved the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) In Process designation, launched a COVID-19 phishing resource center to help protect organizations and end users during this public health emergency, and expanded its leadership team with key executive additions from organizations such as Proofpoint. Poised for its next phase of growth, Cofense will continue investing in R&D to provide their customers with peak phishing defense across the organization.

As the newest member of Cofense’s board of directors, McDonough brings a proven track record of building and optimizing the performance of highly motivated teams that generate predictable revenue and profitable growth. During his career as an experienced board member and operating executive, including roles with Cisco and Sourcefire, he has managed private, early stage and public companies through international expansion, venture financing, IPOs, acquisitions and integration. McDonough’s extensive experience leading cyber security companies through hyper growth and major market transitions has contributed to the creation of more than $5B in shareholder wealth through two IPOs and four acquisitions at four different companies.

“It is truly an honor to join Cofense’s team as a board member,” said McDonough. “By putting the customer and innovation front and center, Cofense has developed and sustained a strong portfolio of solutions and established its position as a global leader in intelligent phishing defense. Looking ahead, I am very confident that Cofense’s vision, focused execution, expert team and robust product pipeline will enable the company to add to its history of growth and development.”

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About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Cofense Announces Key Additions to Leadership Team Including Former Proofpoint Executive

Brandi Moore Appointed as Chief Operating Officer
Mark Small Joins as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Carolyn Merritt Joins as Vice President of Customer Experience

LEESBURG, Va. – April 9, 2020 – On the heels of one of the strongest quarters in company history, Cofense® , the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced enhancements to its leadership structure to further position the business for its next phase of growth. Brandi Moore, previously Chief of Staff at Cofense, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer, Rohyt Belani. Former Proofpoint executive Mark Small joins the company as SVP of Worldwide Sales, and Carolyn Merritt joins as VP of Customer Experience, both reporting to Moore.

“During the first quarter of 2020, strong demand for Cofense’s phishing defense solutions drove the highest gross margins and EBITDA[1] since reaching scale in 2015,” said Belani. “With more than 22 million people across the globe actively flagging potential attacks, and record-breaking adoption of our security operations offerings – Cofense Triage and Cofense Vision – we empower thousands of organizations to stop phishing attacks in their tracks by detecting, identifying, and rapidly quarantining the malicious emails that continue to slip past email gateways. As we position Cofense for its next phase in market leadership, our streamlined organizational structure will help further advance our strong go-to-market strategy and global adoption of our portfolio of products and services.”

Moore brings more than 20 years of industry experience managing technical, strategic and sales teams in cybersecurity. As COO, Moore is responsible for driving further operational excellence across the company’s sales, marketing, customer experience and professional services functions, as well as the Cofense Phishing Defense Center. She began her career in cybersecurity at America Online (AOL) in the 1990’s as it brought the internet into the fabric of everyday life, working in a variety of technical and privacy roles to secure networks and customer financial information. After leaving AOL, she took her cyber background to the revenue generating side of the business, driving sales at Mandiant (acquired by FireEye), Ounce Labs (acquired by IBM) and Trustwave (acquired by Singtel).

As SVP of Worldwide Sales, Small leads the company’s global sales, sales engineering, sales operations and enablement, and channel teams to equip organizations across the globe with Cofense’s innovative phishing defense solutions. Bringing a strong pedigree of sales management and business acumen with more than two decades of cybersecurity leadership experience, Small most recently led Proofpoint’s Digital Risk Worldwide Sales and Technical teams where he played a pivotal role in steering the company’s sales teams to continued growth. Small’s background also includes senior sales and management roles at Websense, McAfee, and Oracle.

Merritt oversees the company’s technical support, client success and PhishMe professional service teams as VP of Customer Experience. With the amalgamation of these teams, Merritt’s leadership serves customers with a proactive and unified experience post-purchase. Merritt brings decades of experience in similar executive leadership roles at various technology companies including Dataprise, Metalogix Software and Cision.

“Brandi, Mark and Carolyn’s respective track records of success and combined entrepreneurial mindsets make them critical assets to Cofense’s executive leadership team,” added Belani. “We are thrilled to foster their insights and demonstrated strategic approach to continue to build high-performance teams to support our strong growth and near-term profitability targets.”

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About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class incident response technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit www.cofense.com or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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