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Business - October 17, 2018

Cofense to drive automation into anti-phishing programmes

Cofense, a leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions, has added automation to its flagship product line for phishing simulations.

According to a recent news release by Cofense, Cofense PhishMe™ users can now strategically plan and automate the delivery of their phishing simulation programmes 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. Programmes are designed to challenge users of various training levels and by role. Playbooks allows the administrator to consider the various groups within an organisation and to customise and schedule up to 12 months of conditioning training Blog/news release – Source: Cofense™ 2018, all rights reserved..

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 Blog/news release – Source: Cofense™ 2018, all rights reserved..

In a recent news announcement, Cofense CEO and Co-Founder Rohyt Belani said, “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.”

This is significant because many of the day-to-day processes in a security operations centre are repetitive, and the tasks can take a long time when done manually. This becomes even more critical when there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity team members, as outlined above. Security automation is ideal for activities that require fast responses and a significant degree of user involvement.

Cofense PhishMe playbooks are built-in to the administrator view and allow for easy creation and management of phishing simulation programmes. 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 programme activity and status Blog/news release – Source: Cofense™ 2018, all rights reserved..

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 Blog/news release – Source: Cofense™ 2018, all rights reserved..

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 Blog/news release – Source: Cofense™ 2018, all rights reserved..

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