News : KnowBe4 Expands Team to Include Security Awareness Advocate
KnowBe4, an American 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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KnowBe4 is the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. Realizing that the human element of security was seriously neglected, KnowBe4 was created by Kevin Mitnick (World’s Most Famous Hacker) and Stu Sjouwerman, to help organizations manage the problem of social engineering through security awareness training. Over 1,500 organizations use KnowBe4 to keep employees on their toes. KnowBe4 is used in all industries, including finance, healthcare, energy, government and insurance.
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Published: Thursday, September 1, 2016