KnowBe4 Expands Team to Include Security Awareness Advocate

KnowBe4 hires Security Awareness Advocate in answer to growing demand and explosive growth.

Tampa Bay, FL, September 02, 2016 --( KnowBe4, America’s most popular security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has hired Security Awareness Training Advocate Erich Kron to support and expand its growing leadership position. Kron is a veteran information security professional with over 18 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace, manufacturing and defense fields and a well-versed speaker.

KnowBe4’s popularity rocketed the company into a debut position of #139 on Inc. 500’s 2016 list of fastest growing companies in America with a growth rate of over 2,500% from 20012-15.

Stu Sjouwerman, CEO for KnowBe4 said, “We have been inundated with requests for presentations, speaking engagements and appearances by customers, partners and security enthusiasts. We are thrilled to have Erich on board to help get the word out about the efficacy of new-school security awareness training.”

“I am very happy to join the KnowBe4 team “Security Awareness Training is an essential outer layer of defense-in-depth. The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., estimated that cyberattacks were costing businesses worldwide between $445 billion up to $575 billion with US firms losing $100 billion annually. In my experience as an IT and information security professional, Kevin Mitnick’s famous quote rings so true, ‘People are used to having a technology solution [but] social engineering bypasses all technologies, including firewalls. Technology is critical, but we have to look at people and processes. Social engineering is a form of hacking that uses influence tactics..”

KnowBe4 Founder Stu Sjouwerman partnered up with the world’s most famous hacker Kevin Mitnick to distill his 30+ years of hacking experience into effective training that educates users on how to recognize and avoid social engineering methods.

To help companies decide whether training and simulated phishing makes sense for them, KnowBe4 offers a free Phishing Security Test. That way, potential clients will see how many employees are what Sjouwerman calls "phish-prone." Sjouwerman mentions most management teams are surprised at the number of employees who do poorly on the test.

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About Erich Kron
Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, is a veteran information security professional with over 18 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, MCITP and ITIL v3 certifications, among others. He has managed the technical integration and functional testing of multi-million dollar enterprise level technology projects within the Department of Defense, as well as large military security programs. Erich has worked with information security professionals around the world to provide the tools, training and educational opportunities to succeed in the InfoSec industry.

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4 is the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. Realizing that the human element of security was being seriously neglected, KnowBe4 was created by two of the best known names in cybersecurity, Kevin Mitnick (the World’s Most Famous Hacker), and Inc. 500 alum serial security entrepreneur Stu Sjouwerman, to help organizations manage the problem of social engineering tactics through new school security awareness training. The company maintains a top spot in the Cybersecurity 500, the definitive list of the world’s hottest and most innovative companies in cybersecurity. More than 4,000 organizations use KnowBe4’s platform to keep employees on their toes with security top of mind. KnowBe4 is used across all industries, including highly regulated fields such as finance, healthcare, energy, government and insurance.
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