JOHANNESBURG – September 05, 2018 – Cofense™, a leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions, has added automation to its flagship product line for phishing simulations. With this update, Cofense PhishMe™ users can now strategically plan and automate the delivery of their phishing simulation programs using built-in playbooks.
Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited, which distributes Cofense™ solutions throughout Africa, says, “The purpose of a cybersecurity ‘playbook’ is to provide all members of an organisation with a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards cybersecurity standards and accepted practices before, during and after a security incident. It includes information and plans around incident detection, response actions and communication.”
Phishing simulations mimic real-life phishing e-mail threats but provide a safe environment in which employees can fail and learn how to instinctually identify real threats in the future. Programs are designed to challenge users of various training levels and by role. Playbooks allows the program administrator to consider the various groups within an organisation and to customise and schedule up to 12 months of conditioning training.
Cofense points out that as organisations find themselves with fewer skilled cybersecurity resources, automation of key functions is critical to the ability to maintain a robust and effective phishing defence strategy. The company says the use of playbooks has become a popular way to allow organisations to customise and schedule specific tasks or processes normally performed manually by an administrator.
“At Cofense we believe in automation as a way to relieve security operators of the repetitive tasks to allow them to focus on strategic, intelligent decision-making,” says Rohyt Belani, Co-founder and CEO of Cofense. “Playbooks are meant to allow both managed services providers and our end clients the ability to choose various programs just like one does on a treadmill in a gym, so they don’t need to focus on the metaphorical tasks of having to change speed and incline but can instead focus on designing and tracking the appropriate success criteria and presenting them appropriately to senior management.”
Cofense PhishMe playbooks are built-in to the administrator view and allow for easy creation and management of phishing simulation programs. Playbooks will automatically create, schedule, and launch templates, over the course of the year, based on customer selected criteria and send automated e-mail reminders to users based on program activity and status.
The new automated playbooks provide tremendous time and cost savings for organisations. For example, customers can leverage automated playbooks to create twelve complete phishing scenarios to run over the course of one year in only fifteen minutes, which would previously take three hours to generate manually – resulting in a 91 percent reduction in operational time spent on generating scenarios. The process also allows Cofense customers and partners to leverage the knowledge the Cofense team has garnered in serving 400 of the Fortune 1000 in building their anti-phishing defences, as each of the playbooks inherently embodies these lessons learned.
With the addition of Cofense PhishMe Playbooks and other recent enhancements including Board Reporting, accurate Microsoft attachment tracking and mobile Cofense Reporter™, Cofense continues to innovate and lead the market in phishing simulation.
To learn more about Cofense’s phishing incident solutions, please visit: https://cofense.com/.
About Networks Unlimited Africa
Networks Unlimited Africa is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Attivo Networks, Cofense, Carbon Black, Fortinet, F5, Hypergrid, Mellanox Technologies, NETSCOUT, NETSCOUT Arbor, ProLabs, RSA, Rubrik, SevOne, Silver Peak, Thales and Uplogix. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.
Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited Africa has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.
Cofense, formerly PhishMe®, is the leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions for organisations concerned about their susceptibility to today’s top attack vector — spear phishing. Cofense’s intelligence-driven platform turns employees into an active line of defence by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. Our open approach ensures that Cofense integrates easily into the security technology stack, demonstrating measurable results to help inform an organisation’s security decision making process. Cofense’s customers include the defence industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand how changing user security behaviour will improve security, aid incident response, and reduce the risk of compromise.
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