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 Solution 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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[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/

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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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