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Need-to-know for small businesses: How Networks Unlimited Africa and Cofense™ offer no-cost simulation solution against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – February 2019 – Cofense™, a leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions which enable people to identify, report, and mitigate such threats as spear phishing and malware, is keenly aware that small businesses are significant targets for cyber attackers. This is against a background in which small businesses already face significant challenges in sustaining and growing their existence. Therefore, in support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the critical role they play in economies around the globe, the company (which was formerly known as PhishMe) launched Cofense PhishMe Free™, a no-cost, easy-to-use version of its anti-phishing simulation solution.

Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa, which distributes Cofense™ solutions throughout Africa, says, “Some researchers have indicated that in South Africa, SMEs provide employment to about 60 percent of the labour force, with their total economic output accounting for roughly a third of our GDP. However, SMEs in South Africa face a number of challenges, including access to appropriate technology and regulatory compliance . This offering from Cofense™, which any SMME in South Africa can use to combat cybercrime, therefore shows a tremendously encouraging support of SMEs.”
Cofense™ notes that every company, regardless of size or resources, should have access to effective cybersecurity solutions. The company says it is addressing an urgent need, as 55 percent of small and medium businesses worldwide have experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months, further noting that 90 percent of all data breaches began as phishing attacks . Cofense PhishMe Free™ is based on the company’s flagship product, Cofense PhishMe™, which delivers simulated e-mail campaigns that mimic real-life phishing scenarios and provide instant learning to employees who take the bait.

“Every company – regardless of size or resources – should have access to effective cybersecurity solutions,” said Rohyt Belani, co-founder and CEO of Cofense. “Sixty one percent of cyberattacks target small and medium businesses and the ensuing damages cost, on average, US$800,000 . To help such organisations shore up their defences we created PhishMe Free. This solution is tailored specifically for companies with 500 employees or less. The goal is to help SMBs build a conditioned firewall of human sensors to act as a first line of defence against attacks that bypass traditional email filtering technologies.”
To learn more about Cofense’s phishing incident solutions, please visit: https://cofense.com/.

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 Attivo Networks, Cofense, Carbon Black, Fortinet, F5, Hypergrid, Mellanox Technologies, NETSCOUT, NETSCOUT Arbor, ProLabs, RSA, Rubrik, SevOne, Silver Peak, Thales and Uplogix. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.
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.

About Cofense 
Cofense, formerly PhishMe®, is the leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions for organisations concerned about their susceptibility to today’s top attack vector — spear phishing. Cofense’s intelligence-driven platform turns employees into an active line of defence by enabling them to identify, report, and mitigate spear phishing, malware, and drive-by threats. Our open approach ensures that Cofense integrates easily into the security technology stack, demonstrating measurable results to help inform an organisation’s security decision making process. Cofense’s customers include the defence industrial base, energy, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, as well as other Global 1000 entities that understand how changing user security behaviour will improve security, aid incident response, and reduce the risk of compromise.

Contacts for Networks Unlimited
Networks Unlimited, Michelle Naidoo, +27 (0) 11 202 8400, michelle.naidoo@nu.co.za
icomm, Vivienne Fouché, +27 (0) 82 602 1635, vivienne@pr.co.za 

Media Contact for Cofense
Nick Lagalante
Global Corporate Communications
P: +1-571-393-2403
E: media@cofense.com




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