Mitnick In The News
KnowBe4 Positioned as Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Second Consecutive Year
Nov 19, 2018 - CISION, by Amanda Tarantino
KnowBe4 recognized for security awareness computer-based training; positioned furthest in vision
(Ed. note: Kevin Mitnick is the Chief Hacking Officer of KnowBe4 and their flagship product is Kevin Mitnick's Security Awareness Training)
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training for the second year in a row.
"Being named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant once again says to us that our vision and ability to execute are top-notch in the security awareness training market," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. "Our mission is to enable employees to make smarter security decisions every day, and we've seen that our platform is making a difference to 21,000+ organizations around the world. Customers constantly tell us their Phish-prone Percentage (the likelihood that someone will click on a phishing link) has gone down after deploying our platform which integrates on-line, on-demand, interactive awareness training and simulated phishing. With the addition of our Virtual Risk Officer and Advanced Reporting, we've made major strides in using AI and machine learning to assist IT security pros to improve their security posture."
"We're honored to once again be positioned in the Leaders quadrant," said Perry Carpenter, chief evangelist and strategy officer, KnowBe4. "We've had incredible year-over-year growth, positioning our company as one of the leaders in the security awareness training space. We are consistently developing and acquiring fresh new content, adding to our ever-growing library of training materials to continue delivering high quality, valuable content to our customers."
According to the report, "Market growth in security education continues to be driven by threats to the enterprise, such as hackers aiming to exploit employees through phishing attempts, leading to installed malware or stolen credentials. There is also an increasing recognition that relying on technology alone to secure an organization's critical assets is not enough, and, therefore, educating employees on the various techniques used by bad actors can improve the overall security posture and reduce risks. Additionally, drastic changes with respect to privacy regulations have end-user organizations requiring further education for employees as to why policies and procedures must be followed and what the risks are to the organization. This means employees must understand reputational and, more so, financial damage should a breach occur. The combination of increased risks and a lack of internal expertise pushes many CISOs to seek solutions in the market that are capable of producing measurable improvements in employee security behavior. In order to support security objectives, employees need skills, knowledge and motivation. Security education focuses on developing secure employees who, in turn, enable security performance, follow internal policies and procedures, and adhere to regulatory compliance."
 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training, Joanna G. Huisman, 13 November 2018.
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The Gartner document is available from KnowBe4 here.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4's training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations worldwide trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their employees as their last line of defense.
Number 96 on the 2018 Inc. 500 list, #70 on 2017 Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 and #2 in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500. KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida with European offices in England, the Netherlands, Germany and offices in South Africa and Singapore.
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