KnowBe4 to acquire Egress Email Security

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KnowBe4, a leading business platform renowned for its AI-driven security awareness training, has announced its acquisition of Egress, an email security firm, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to be finalized by September this year.

The prevalence of data breaches in businesses worldwide underscores the critical need for enhanced email security measures. Email has emerged as a primary vector for cyber-attacks, with sophisticated threats infiltrating networks to steal sensitive information.

The threat landscape is further compounded by the evolution of advanced targeted attacks like phishing, spear phishing, whaling, vishing, and wire transfer frauds, often propagated through malicious URLs. These tactics lure recipients into clicking on links that harbor malicious payloads.

This reality was underscored in a recent study, the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report. To address these risks effectively, KnowBe4 aims to provide a comprehensive threat intelligence platform. Leveraging AI technology acquired from Egress, this platform will dynamically mitigate email-related risks.

So, how can individuals and organizations protect themselves from email-related cyber threats?

Exercise caution when clicking on links from unknown senders.

Scrutinize attachments for spelling errors, a common indicator of phishing attempts.

Utilize strong passwords comprising alphanumeric characters and special characters, with a length of at least 12-15 characters.

Deploy anti-malware and anti-virus solutions to fortify network defenses.

Ensure computers are regularly updated with the latest security patches and consider investing in email threat monitoring solutions like Egress for proactive defense.

By adopting these proactive measures, businesses can bolster their resilience against the growing threat of email-based cyber-attacks.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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