Updates to Cofense Phishing Simulation Platform Add Even More Opportunities for Automation

Cofense has announced that further updates have been made to its award-winning phishing email simulation platform, Cofense PhishMe. The updates provide even greater opportunities for automating phishing simulation campaigns to save administrators even more time.

Security awareness and anti-phishing training is now an important part of healthcare organizations’ cybersecurity programs. In addition to investing in technology to block phishing and other email-based threats, end users require training. Even layered defenses will not stop all phishing threats from reaching inboxes. Without training, end users will remain the weakest link in the security chain.

Phishing simulation exercises are an important part of the training process. They allow security teams to assess how effective their training programs have been and identify weak points in the training program. They also allow security teams to identify individuals who have failed to understand certain parts of the training program.

While phishing simulation platforms include some opportunities for automation and scheduling, creating and running phishing simulations can still be a time-consuming process.

The latest updates to the Cofense PhishMe platform incorporate even more opportunities for automation. Whereas creating a program of 12 phishing scenarios and scheduling those campaigns over the course of a year would have taken an administrator about three hours to complete, the update shaves off 91% of that time. The same 12 campaigns can be created and scheduled in 15 minutes.

This has been achieved with the use of playbooks. The playbooks can be used to create, schedule, and launch phishing templates and schedule them over the course of a year. Additionally, administrators can automate the sending of reminders to end users based on the training programs they have competed – or not completed – saving even more time. The playbooks also incorporate the lessons learned from phishing simulation campaigns conducted by 400 of Fortune 1000 companies that have used the Cofense PhishMe platform.

“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,” said Rohyt Belani, Co-founder and CEO of Cofense. “Playbooks are meant to allow both managed services providers and our end clients the ability to choose various programs just like one does on a treadmill in a gym, so they don’t need to focus on the metaphorical tasks of having to change speed and incline but can instead focus on designing and tracking the appropriate success criteria and presenting them appropriately to senior management.”

In addition to the Cofense PhishMe updates, the Leesburg, VA-based company has also recently launched its new phishing-specific Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform, has incorporated board-level reporting, and has launched mobile Cofense Reporter and more accurate Microsoft attachment tracking. These updates and the continued high-level innovation have helped the company remain the market leader in phishing defense and attack disruption.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.