The battle continues, but Cofense is uniting humanity against phishing

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JOHANNESBURG – November 14, 2019 – ‘Everyone prepares for battle in his own way’, said Janet Morris, American fiction and non-fiction author, best known for her fantasy and science fiction as well as her production of a non-lethal weapons concept for the US military, and generally people are advised to choose the battles that matter and also the ones they believe they can win. Cofense, a provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions, is adopting a new battle cry: ‘Uniting humanity against phishing’.

This is reported by Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cybersecurity at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa, a distribution partner with Cofense in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Technology is only part of the solution in today’s fight against cybercrime,” he notes. “We have recently come to the end of another annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it is top-of-mind right now that people – meaning the ordinary layperson - must always be enabled to play a critical role in the fight against cybercrime, which works primarily on deceit and threats.

“With data breaches being the primary threat to all organisations over the next 10 years, and 90 percent of cyberattacks starting with phishing attacks that continue to evolve, we know that perimeter technology alone can't stop phishing[1].  Only by uniting people with technology can we defeat these bad actors. This is the consistent ethos behind Cofense’s solutions.”

Cofense is well-known for offering human-focused phishing defence solutions which enable people to identify, report, and mitigate such threats as spear phishing and malware. The Cofense phishing defence platform embraces, enables and leverages crowd intelligence on a global scale.

Van de Giessen adds, “Cofense maintains that human intelligence is vital to phishing defences, and that it is essential to educate users through a phishing awareness program, allowing employers to empower employees to be their best defence against phishing, rather than being the weakest link.

“Against this background, its latest marketing initiative offers an invitation for people to share their own stories on the Share Your Story campaign page, which encourages partners and end users to explain how they are playing a role in uniting humanity against phishing. It goes hand-in-hand with a fresh new video, which can be seen here.”

Van de Giessen says the Cofense guiding philosophy fits in perfectly with the prevailing beliefs at Networks Unlimited Africa. “As a company, we play a significant role in protecting organisations and entities across the African continent and in upskilling our partner base and the channel. We are passionate about education and enablement in all the ICT spheres in which we operate, including the broad cybersecurity arena, and are working together to raise awareness of cyber risks across Africa.”

“The message is very simple – no one is immune to cyberattack through phishing attempts, and a moment of inattention can result in awful consequences. However, people can stand united to protect themselves and their organisations against this type of cybercrime. Cofense encourages us, one and all, to stand united against phishing – transparency, ongoing communication and education are all key strategies to create the best defence possible in this ongoing battle,” he concludes.

To learn more about Cofense’s phishing incident solutions, please visit: https://networksunlimited.africa/products/security/cofense

About Cofense

CofenseTM, formerly PhishMe®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence sourced from employees, with best-in-class incident response technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, health care and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise.

About Networks Unlimited Africa

Networks Unlimited Africa is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Altaro, Attivo Networks, Carbon Black, Cofense, Fortinet, F5, Hitachi Vantara, Indegy, Mellanox Technologies, NETSCOUT, ProLabs, RSA, Rubrik, SevOne, Silver Peak, Tintri by DDN, Uplogix.

Our product portfolio provides cutting edge solutions from the network edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cybersecurity in the IT/OT space, hybrid cloud, datacentre and infrastructure, networking and integration, SD-WAN solutions, network performance management and application performance management, application delivery networking and load balancing, DataOps management and data management, and backup and recovery solutions. Most of our solutions are highly regarded by Gartner and will be found on their respective magic quadrants.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited Africa has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.  


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