Hornetsecurity launches next generation Security Awareness Training to help organisations strengthen their human firewall


Hornetsecurity has launched a next-generation Security Awareness Training, to better equip employees to counter cyber-attacks.

Cyber criminals are constantly innovating and attacks are on the rise: Hornetsecurity’s 2022 Ransomware Report found that 60% of attacks came from phishing attempts. Many attackers exploit human vulnerability to phishing and fraud, so this new training service integrates the human factor into the cybersecurity cycle - bolstering this weaker link in the defence chain.

Systems and tools are only as secure as their users 

Even with the best cybersecurity offering in place, there is always room for human error, which is why many cybersecurity insurance providers demand awareness training for employees. The new training from Hornetsecurity highlights the individual’s importance in establishing an organisation’s human firewall – and how essential each and every employee is in corporate cybersecurity, from prevention to protection, to response and recovery. In doing so, it helps companies establish a sustainable security culture. 

An easy service that helps build a security mindset

Hornetsecurity’s automated training is innovative in that it is simple, rather than maintenance-intensive, for customers. The Awareness Engine is the technological heart of the Security Awareness product, offering bespoke, needs-based training: each user receives as much training as is necessary. Its Patented Spear Phishing Engine simulates sophisticated attacks to build knowledge of attacks. 

To measure progress, it uses the Employee Security Index (ESI) as an industry-wide unique benchmark, constantly measuring and comparing the organization’s and employee security behaviour. It is available via subscription licensing, as a standalone service or as an addition to Hornetsecurity’s email security services, such as 365 Total Protection. 

Training possible thanks to acquisition of IT-Seal 

Hornetsecurity has always seen education as a key part of cybersecurity, providing ebooks, webinars and reports. The acquisition of IT-Seal in May 2022 further expanded Hornetsecurity’s education capabilities. Alongside its established email security and backup and recovery solutions, all aspects of the awareness-prevention-detection cycle are now covered. 

Daniel Hofmann, Hornetsecurity CEO says: “With cyber-attacks on the rise, it’s increasingly important for organisations to implement a cybersecurity ecosystem that includes education and robust email security functionality for prevention as well as back up for recovery. Our new offering specifically supports and guards against very human vulnerabilities to phishing and other cyber risks. 

“The Security Awareness Training product adds great value to our portfolio, bringing us closer to our goal of being one-stop vendor for next-gen security, backup and compliance for our partners and customers, with a special focus on Microsoft 365. It has already been implemented by global customers, including BMW Group and FC Bayern Munich. 

“This is part of a very exciting 2022 and 2023 growth pipeline and we’re looking forward to continuing this momentum.”

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