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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[1] Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization

Cofense Launches COVID-19 Phishing Resource Center, Announces Webinar to Arm Cyber Security Professionals with Actionable Intelligence

LEESBURG, Va. – March 19, 2020 – When a major event or emergency arises, phishing emails exploiting human emotions and global attention are never far behind. To better equip cyber security and security awareness teams with accurate, up to date information related to the recent upsurge in COVID-19 related phishing emails and malware, Cofense® has launched a Coronavirus Phishing Infocenter to help protect organizations and end users during this public health emergency.

The Phishing Resource Center includes:

  • A publicly available YARA rule open to all, consisting of major, actionable indicators Cofense has identified for COVID-19 phishing emails and related malware, sourced from Cofense IntelligenceTM, proprietary data collection sources and the Cofense Phishing Defense Center®;
  • An infographic outlining the top signs that may signal a Coronavirus email is a phish;
  • Expert recommendations via our blogs and podcast for organizations considering cyber security measures and phishing simulation programs during this confusing time;
  • Real examples of COVID-19 phishing emails in multiple languages that have evaded email security controls – captured by Cofense analysts and Cofense-powered humans;
  • Aggregated articles from authoritative sources about COVID-19 phishing to help companies and individuals alike avoid misinformation and better understand phishing scams in the context of evolving current events.

The company will also hold a 30 minute discussion-based webinar on March 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST on the evolving coronavirus threats as well as useful tools and recommendations to combat the escalating volume of email attacks.

“Cofense recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic is an incredibly challenging time for individuals and organizations alike,” said Aaron Higbee, chief technology officer and co-founder, Cofense. “We strive to share actionable insights and expertise to raise awareness of the ways malicious actors are actively capitalizing on our natural human emotions in response to this public health crisis. We hope this resource center can help cyber security and security awareness teams as they navigate email communications during a time when many organizations and their employees are filled with concern.”

Cofense will continue to regularly update the Coronavirus Phishing Infocenter with the latest information, resources, YARA rules and intelligence to reflect evolutions in the phishing landscape: https://cofense.com/solutions/topic/coronavirus-infocenter/

To register for the informational webcast on March 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. EST, visit: https://cofense.zoom.us/webinar/register/8015843883361/WN_87fnA6bGSw–q2TOISZIdg

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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 sourced from 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. To learn more about Cofense, visit www.cofense.com.

 

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Cofense PhishMe Achieves Significant FedRAMP Milestone

LEESBURG, Va. – Mar. 18, 2020  Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced Cofense PhishMe®, its award-winning phishing security education training platform, has achieved the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) In Process designation. Cofense, which has a well-established portfolio of federal customers spanning across multiple branches of the U.S. government, is working with its sponsor to be approved for an Authorization to Operate (ATO). Upon completing the process, Cofense PhishMe will be certified as FedRAMP Authorized Moderate, an important milestone meeting the security baselines for more than 300 controls, allowing federal agencies to securely and proactively defend against cyber security threats spread via email, the leading cause of data breaches.

FedRAMP, a government-wide initiative, promotes the adoption of secure cloud services by U.S. government agencies with a standardized approach to security and risk assessment, allowing the public sector to meet increasingly complex regulatory guidelines. A Moderate-Impact Authorization notably requires significantly stricter security controls compared to Low-Impact Authorization, including stringent operational requirements to protect personally identifiable information and the safeguarding of information related to phishing simulations and suspicious messages reported by employees.

“Every day, federal organizations battle malicious actors and foreign adversaries who seek to compromise their network through malware-laden phishing emails that target government employees,” said Keith Ibarguen, chief product officer, Cofense. “When it comes to handling the trusted data of our customers, we don’t take short cuts. We pride ourselves on being an innovating leader in phishing awareness training and education with our pioneering Cofense PhishMe solution, which is already hosted in AWS GovCloud. Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to providing best-in-breed phishing defense solutions to the U.S. federal government to help them defend against today’s most advanced attacks that email security controls miss every day.”

According to FedRAMP, Moderate-Impact Authorization “is most appropriate for Cloud Service Offerings where the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability would result in serious adverse effects on an agency’s operations, assets, or individuals […] including significant operational damage to agency assets, financial loss, or individual harm that is not loss of life or physical.”

Cofense PhishMe helps organizations transform their employees into the last line of active defense against phishing attacks through education, ongoing simulations, and an easy to use reporting tool so organizations can swiftly detect, respond to and thwart phishing attacks in their tracks.

In 2019, Cofense completed a Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II examination for Cofense PhishMe and Hosted Cofense Triage. In pursuit of this certification, organizations undergo a rigorous analysis that includes the following trust services criteria: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy. Once the FedRAMP Authorization is complete, Cofense will provide monthly continuous monitoring deliverables to agencies using the company’s solutions. These deliverables may include reports, system change information or requests, and more. An annual security assessment is also conducted to ensure the risk posture of the system remains acceptable.

Organizations interested in learning more about how Cofense and its phishing defense solutions, including Cofense PhishMe, can help secure federal networks, please visit: https://cofense.com/federal-government

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About Cofense
Cofense is the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide. Cofense delivers a collaborative approach to cybersecurity by enabling organization-wide engagement to active email threats. Our collective defense suite combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

 

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Cofense to Host Fifth Annual Phishing Defense and User Conference

LEESBURG, Va. – Feb. 12, 2020 – Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced registration is open for the fifth annual Submerge phishing defense and user summit. Taking place at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes on November 16-17, Submerge 2020 is the premier showcase for phishing defense and incident response professionals, providing two full days of training, technical deep dives and educational sessions led by industry leaders and cyber security experts.

This year’s conference promises more engaging hands-on content including dozens of sessions covering the latest phishing defense strategies and tactics, case studies presented by the industry’s leading experts and ample networking opportunities with peers from across the world. As with previous years, there will also be a wealth of speaker tracks, truly plunging attendees into the latest anti-phishing best practices and how they can unlock the power of collective human intelligence to defend against advanced cyber threats.

Those interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise at the event can submit a presentation abstract for consideration through the Call for Speakers submission form, focusing on one of four topics: Innovation in Phishing Awareness; Aligning Phishing Defense to the Business; Phishing Incident Response; or the Phishing Threat Landscape.

“The threat landscape continues to shift rapidly, with attackers innovating their way past Secure Email Gateways every day,” said Rohyt Belani, chief executive officer and co-founder, Cofense. “Cyber security professionals need to stay ahead of the latest attack vectors and be prepared for threats heading their way. With overwhelmingly positive feedback from previous attendees, we’re thrilled to bring organizations, partners and industry leaders the tools and knowledge they need to ramp up their phishing defense programs once again this year.”

Ideally suited for cyber security professionals, operators, and decision makers who focus on email security and phishing defense, Submerge 2020 is open to existing Cofense customers and non-customers alike. Attendees can also make Submerge 2020 an extraordinary business trip by relaxing in the Florida sunshine at the impressive outdoor pool complex or by playing a challenging 18-hole golf course designed by PGA great Greg Norman.

Early bird pricing of $249 for Submerge 2020 is available until August 1, 2020. Those interested in attending can register here and find further information on the event and venue.

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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 sourced from 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.

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Cofense Uniting Humanity Against Phishing at 2020 RSA Conference

LEESBURG, Va. – February 6, 2020 – Cofense, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced the company’s presence at RSA Conference 2020, taking place February 24-28 in San Francisco. This year’s RSAC theme will focus on the most powerful asset in protecting against cyberattacks – the “Human Element”, the beating heart of Cofense’s mission. As threat actors continuously innovate to slip past technologies put into place to protect both organizations and consumers alike, the security community is increasingly aware that artificial intelligence and machine learning alone are not silver bullets to protect against today’s emerging and sophisticated attacks; empowering humans to act as the last line of defense is critical for a truly multi-layered and integrated cyber defense posture.

“Phishing is a uniquely human and global problem, and our long-standing stated purpose is to unite humanity against phishing,” said Rohyt Belani, chief executive officer and co-founder, Cofense. “Our 21 million plus end users act as human sensors, reporting thousands of suspicious emails to security operations teams daily. The collective human intelligence of the Cofense customer base provides SOC teams with visibility into threats that evade security controls every single day.”

To shed light on how humans are integral to organizational defense, Cofense Security Solutions Advisor, Tonia Dudley, will present an interactive workshop as part of RSA’s Learning Labs. Dudley’s session, “Hearts and Minds: Shaping a Successful Awareness Program”, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9:20 a.m. PT, addressing why changing humans is more art than science. The workshop will explore psychological challenges we all face – apathy, fatigue and denial – as well as the inherent benefits in human physiology, such as how our brain chemistry responds to stories. In addition to focusing on phishing defense advocacy and demonstrating how Cofense solutions help organizations across the globe minimize the impact of attacks and reduce costs, Dudley also holds a seat on the National Cybersecurity Society board to provide support and resources for the small business community to improve online safety and security.

RSA Conference attendees can learn more about Cofense by visiting the company’s two booths, located in the South Expo hall at booth #1235, and the North Expo hall at booth #4436. During expo hall hours, Cofense will have six live demo stations where visitors can interact with technology experts and see Cofense’s market-leading intelligent phishing defense solutions, including:

Cofense Vision®

  • Equips SOC teams with the tools they need to find and remove the phishing threats sitting unreported in recipients’ mailboxes, providing remediation in minutes rather than hours or days
  • Provides a privacy-first phish threat hunting platform that supports an organization’s compliance needs without sacrificing search performance
  • *NEW* Auto-quarantine: When combined with Cofense Triage®, enables organizations to auto-quarantine any new email threats received that match a previous Cofense Vision search, reducing analyst overhead and risk exposure

Cofense Triage

  • Leverages a large library of powerful rules, driven by human intelligence, to cut through the noise of suspicious email reports and focus analyst attention on the threats that matter
  • Accelerates phishing qualification, investigation and response by automating standard responses to suspicious emails to make analysts more efficient, driving actionable intelligence faster
  • Provides a full-featured API to integrate with SIEM, SOAR, and other enterprise systems to maximize an organization’s security investment and reduce response time and analyst effort in finding and remediating phishing threats

Cofense Intelligence®

  • Using a global, proprietary network of sensors and sources, provides unrivalled insights into the rapidly evolving threat landscape, including tools, techniques and procedures that are not only observed in the wild, but verified to bypass existing enterprise security controls such as Secure Email Gateways (SEGs)
  • Delivers actionable intelligence that supports organizational defense initiatives

Cofense PhishMe®

  • Educates enterprise end users on the real attacks facing organizations – including those that evade SEGs – transforming them into the last line of active defense against cyber attacks
  • Responsive Delivery: Improves user engagement and optimizes simulation program effectiveness for enterprises of all sizes by delivering email simulations only when the recipient is active in their inbox, eliminating whitelisting and global scheduling issues and reducing false positives caused by changes in email security tools
  • *NEW* Recipient Sync
    • Automates provisioning, updates and deprovisioning of Cofense PhishMe recipients from Azure AD using standards based SCIM 2.0 without the need for an additional tool
    • Allows operators to fully control which information gets shared and synced

In addition, booth visitors can enjoy giveaways and daily activities at the South Expo Hall Booth #1235, allowing them to:

  • Unwind after a long day at happy hour on Tuesday from 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Cool down with ice cream and meet Cofense experts on Wednesday from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Fuel up on the final day with espressos and cappuccinos on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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About Cofense
Cofense, formerly PhishMe, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For more information, please visit www.cofense.com.

The Cofense® and PhishMe® names and logos, as well as any other Cofense product or service names or logos included in this press release are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cofense Inc. All third-party trademarks referenced by Cofense whether in logo form, name form or product form, or otherwise, remain the property of their respective holders, and use of these trademarks in no way indicates any relationship between Cofense and the holders of the trademarks.

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Cofense Helps 2020 Presidential Candidates Secure Their Campaigns from Pervasive Phishing Attacks

Leesburg, Va. – Jan. 23, 2020 – Cofense, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced its partnership with Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization committed to bringing cybersecurity tools and resources to federal election campaigns. Under the new partnership, DDC qualified campaigns can leverage Cofense’s experience, expertise and managed phishing defense service to strengthen their resilience against email-based cyberattacks during the 2020 election cycle.

“There is not a single anti-phishing technology on the market that will stop phishing emails from hitting campaigners’ inboxes.” said Aaron Higbee, chief technology officer and co-founder, Cofense.  “No candidate wants to relive the successful phishing attacks that have plagued elections across the globe these past several years. Every day, we find hundreds of malicious threats in supposedly ‘protected’ email environments. Our methods have prevented sophisticated APT29 email phishing attacks that make the Podesta phish look childish. As most attacks target specific individuals, it’s critical campaign managers prepare their teams to react quickly to what is about to come. We’re proud to partner with the DDC to provide candidates and campaign workers the support they need to better defend against malicious actors.”

“Protecting campaigns from cybersecurity threats is essential to our democratic process, and Cofense understands the critical importance this plays,” said Michael Kaiser DDC President and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Cofense, who pioneered phishing defense, so campaigns can more quickly and easily implement better cybersecurity practices.”

Cofense’s new managed Election Phishing Defense Service is now available to eligible campaigns, a special permission granted to DDC by the Federal Election Commission, to bolster their phishing resilience in a single, managed service at minimal cost, allowing them to stay focused on what they do best – campaigning:

  • Phishing simulation training to prepare staff to identify and report phishing incidents
  • Cofense Reporter, a one-click embedded email button, to enable staff to quickly report suspicious messages
  • Phishing analysis provided by Cofense to quickly identify and mitigate a phishing incident

Additionally, Cofense has launched an educational site that will be updated with resources such as threat intelligence, best practices, and expert perspectives. To learn more, visit: https://cofense.com/election-security/

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About Cofense

CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

 

About Defending Digital Campaigns

Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC), a 501(C)4, is a nonpartisan and non-aligned organization focused on increasing campaign cybersecurity by making available free and low-cost cybersecurity products.  DDC operates under a Federal Election Commission administrative opinion allowing for the provision of in-kind cybersecurity services to eligible campaigns.

DDC’s was founded and lead by former presidential campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, tech and cybersecurity industry leaders, and former senior officials at the NSA and DHS.

 

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Cofense to Host Third Annual Phishing Defence and User Conference in London

LONDON, United Kingdom – 22 January, 2020 – Cofense, the global leader in intelligent phishing defence solutions, today announced registration is open for Submerge London, its international user conference and phishing defence summit. Taking place at the Hilton Canary Wharf from 5-6 May 2020, Submerge London is Europe’s premier event for phishing defence and incident response, providing two full days of technical and educational sessions led by industry leaders and security experts.

The third annual conference promises even deeper hands-on content than ever before including more than 20 sessions covering the latest phishing defense strategies and tactics, case studies presented by leading industry professionals and ample networking opportunities with peers from across the world. As with previous years, there will also be a wealth of speaker tracks over the two days, truly submerging attendees into the latest anti-phishing best practices and how they can unlock the power of collective human intelligence to defend against advanced cyber threats.

Those interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise at the event can submit a presentation abstract for consideration through the Call for Speakers submission form, focusing on one of four topics: Innovation in Phishing Awareness; Aligning Phishing Defence to the Business; Phishing Incident Response; or the Phishing Threat Landscape.

“The email security threat landscape is constantly evolving with attackers innovating their way past security controls on a daily basis,” said Rohyt Belani, chief executive officer and co-founder, Cofense. “That’s why it’s important cybersecurity professionals stay ahead of the latest attack vectors and be prepared for threats heading their way. With a 95% recommendation rate from previous attendees, we’re thrilled to bring organizations, partners and industry leaders the tools and knowledge they need to ramp up their phishing defence programs.”

Submerge London 2020 is open to existing Cofense customers and non-customers. The event is ideally suited for cybersecurity professionals, operators, and decision makers who focus on email security and phishing defence. Early bird registration discounts for Submerge London 2020 are available until 1st March, where tickets are available for £49 – half the regular rate. Those interested in attending can register here and find further information on the event and venue.

About Cofense

CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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.

 

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Cofense Debuts Phishing Defense Podcast

 

Leesburg, Va. – Jan. 17, 2020 – Cofense, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today announced the debut of its phishing defense podcast, Phish Fryday. Gathering leading experts and threat researchers across Cofense’s security intelligence groups including Cofense Labs, Cofense Intelligence and the Cofense Phishing Defense Center, the new podcast provides security teams and analysts with weekly insights into the latest phishing threats, trends and news so they can stay ahead of the latest attacks.

With most data breaches occurring as a result of a successful phishing attack, defenders are constantly seeking to understand the latest evolving threats and tactics used by phishers to bypass popular security technologies. Cofense analyzes millions of emails and malware samples every day—both in the wild and within organizations’ environments – to identify new and emerging malware, providing organizations recommendations so they can quickly and proactively defend their organization.

“The key differentiator between Cofense and our competitors is the actionable intelligence that underpins all of our solutions,” said Rohyt Belani, chief executive officer, Cofense. “Our unique view of the cyber-threat landscape allows us to provide valuable and timely insights into active phishing threats that consistently bypass email gateways. We’re thrilled to further extend and share our expertise through Phish Fryday as we strive to unite humanity against phishing.”

The debut season includes the following episodes:

  • Episode 1: Cofense Labs’ Jason Meurer discusses Emotet’s recent evolutions, including modifications to its URI structure, new templates used and new information targeted by the botnet.
  • Episode 2: As tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran, Mollie MacDougall of Cofense Labs, an expert on cyber and international security, explains Iran’s cyber capabilities and its history of cyberattacks.
  • Episode 3: Alan Rainer from Cofense Intelligence discusses how attackers are using trusted cloud services to evade security technologies and compromise corporate networks.
  • Episode 4: Max Gannon of Cofense Intelligence shines a light on Office macro attacks, how they are leveraged by attackers and why it’s challenging for organizations to defend against them.

To listen and subscribe to the Phish Fryday podcast, visit: https://cofense.com/category/podcast/phish-fryday/

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About Cofense

CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

 

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Cofense Teams Up with AwareGO to Expand Security Awareness Training

LEESBURG, Va. – Nov. 5, 2019 – CofenseTM, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, and AwareGO (awarego.com), creators of succinct, high-quality security awareness training videos, today announced their partnership to empower organizations across the globe to tackle today’s top security issues head-on. Cofense’s security awareness training library now includes AwareGO’s security awareness videos covering critical topics facing today’s employees such as business email compromise, privacy, and insider threats.

Fifteen modules are currently available to customers of Cofense’s PhishMe solution. Since releasing Cofense CBFree as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (#BeCyberSmart) in October 2015, Cofense has recognized that creative, accurate content and training materials are important to security awareness professionals to keep their programs engaging and interesting to maximize success with employees.

“Our goal has always been to create high-quality security awareness training videos that users can relate to,” says Ragnar Sigurdsson, CEO and founder, AwareGO. “We are truly excited to work with Cofense and provide them with our content. Not only are we collaborating to make cyber security training better and more engaging, it’s also an effort to make businesses more cyber secure in the long run. It’s an honor to work with Cofense and we see it as an affirmation to the quality of our videos that they chose to work with us.”

“All organizations must educate their employees about cyber security risks,” said Allan Carey, vice president of business development, Cofense. “That’s why we’re proud to partner with AwareGO to bolster the fresh, engaging and relevant training content available to customers and their employees. Effective employee education, training and behavioral conditioning is a critical element of a robust cyber defense strategy, allowing organizations to enhance their resiliency to attacks.”

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About AwareGO
Made in Iceland by cyber security experts, AwareGO offers world’s simplest security awareness training (SAT) platform and a unique and innovative way to reach a diverse audience with super-short videos. AwareGO has mastered the formula to get end users to buy into cyber security education.

 

About Cofense
CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, is the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide. Cofense delivers a collaborative approach to cybersecurity by enabling organization-wide engagement to active email threats. Our collective defense suite combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

 

AwareGO Media Contact
Neil Butchart
neil.butchart@awarego.com

 

Cofense Media Contact
press@cofense.com

Cofense Releases Annual Phishing Report; Flips Myth that Employees Are the Weakest Link in Cyber Defense

Record-breaking 20 million active phishing Reporters and 100+ million phishing simulations inform extensive study

Simulation frequency, relevance and employee reporting form resiliency trifecta

Leesburg, Va. – Oct. 30, 2019 – Armed with data generated by millions of real people, along with intelligence collected from more than 10 million phishing simulations delivered every month, the 2019 CofenseTM Annual Phishing Report, released today, sheds a light on employees’ susceptibility to fall for attacks and organizations’ phishing resiliency – a measure that tracks behavioral change from clicking phishing emails to active defense through reporting. Contrary to popular belief, employees are a powerful force that play a pivotal role in an enterprise’s phishing defense strategy. In fact, when properly conditioned to recognize and report attacks through regular and relevant phishing simulations, organizations are more likely to successfully defend against attacks designed to compromise customer information, steal intellectual property or destroy company data and IT infrastructure.

Cofense, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, has equipped more than twenty million people in organizations across the globe to report suspicious emails through Cofense ReporterTM, an easy to use, one-click email toolbar button.

“Security practitioners need to repudiate the common misconception that end users are the weakest link in organizational defense,” said Aaron Higbee, cofounder and chief technology officer, Cofense. “In fact, employees are the last and ultimate line of defense. With more than twenty million people across the globe empowered to flag potential attacks through Reporter, Cofense is helping thousands of organizations turn their workforce into highly tuned human sensors adept at reporting suspicious emails that frequently bypass security technologies.”

The research reveals three distinct best practices help organizations strengthen their resiliency and empower their users to become active defenders against attacks:

  1. Reporting: Organizations that arm their workforce with a straightforward and easy way to report suspicious emails exhibit strong phishing resiliency rates; in simulation exercises, their end users report phishing emails more than twice as often as they fall for the bait.
  2. Frequency: Regular phishing simulations significantly improve reporting rates and drive down users’ susceptibility to fall for phishing attacks. Organizations that run 12 or more simulations per year have twice as higher resiliency rates compared to those running fewer than 12.
  3. Relevance: Simulations that imitate real phish seen in the wild lead to markedly higher reporting rates and lower susceptibility rates amongst end users compared to organizations that randomly select phishing scenarios.

The ultimate pay-off of high organizational resiliency materializes when SOCs transform reported emails they receive into actionable intelligence. When well-positioned to prioritize and analyze employee-reported emails, SOCs can quickly and efficiently cut through the noise and neutralize a threat in minutes.

Report Available Now

To download the Cofense Annual Phishing Report, visit: http://phish.me/4zMY30pNtFt. Additionally, Cofense will also host a free webinar on November 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

About Cofense

CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from 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, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

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