Cybercrime Expert Stu Sjouwerman Recently Inducted Into FBI’s InfraGard Program

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Stu Sjouwerman of KnowBe4, LLC, was recently accepted into the InfraGard program, created by the FBI to help keep the nation secure from cybercrime

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Combining knowledge about cybercrime with other industry professionals along with the FBI provides us with more resources to help protect more people

91% of cyberattacks begin with a “spear phishing” email, according to research from security software firm Trend Micro (1). Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of KnowBe4, an Internet security awareness training firm, offers cutting-edge training that protects businesses and people from these malicious emails. Because of Sjouwerman’s commitment to deterring cybercrime, he has been inducted to the FBI’s esteemed InfraGard program, one of the fastest growing networks of government and private sector individuals united by a strong commitment to national security.

It is the FBI’s recognition of vulnerabilities and of the benefits of public-private partnerships that led to the creation of the lnfraGard Program in Cleveland, Ohio in 1996. InfraGard and the FBI have developed a relationship of trust and credibility in the exchange of information concerning various terrorism, intelligence, criminal, and security matters (2).

Sjouwerman has been in the IT industry since 1979. He was Managing Director of Sunbelt International (based in Paris, France) known for its development of VIPRE Antivirus Software. In 1994, Sjouwerman co-founded and opened the US subsidiary in Clearwater, FL. Sunbelt Software’s total revenues skyrocketed and in 2001 it made the Inc. 500 list of the five hundred fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the nation. After selling Sunbelt to GFI Software in 2010, and having seen the dangers of cybercrime first-hand for the past 30+ years, Sjouwerman took the next step and founded KnowBe4.

KnowBe4 uses knowledge of the latest cybercrime tactics to train its clients’ employees, ranging from banks, credit unions, defense contractors to hospitals and insurance corporations. KnowBe4 offers cybercrime prevention resources to help organizations determine their susceptibility to cyberattacks, including a free phishing security test and a free email exposure check(EEC), which reveals publicly available company email addresses that cybercriminals can use to target staff with spear-phishing attacks which are the start of a Cyberheist.

Cyberheist, the latest book written by cybercrime expert Sjouwerman provides data for owners and C-level executives that allows them to set new security policies, and making sure that such policies are applied in a manner that does not cause the organization’s productivity to suffer.

“I am honored to become a member of the [InfraGard] program,” commented Sjouwerman. “Combining knowledge about cybercrime with other industry professionals along with the FBI provides us with more resources to help protect more people.”

Sjouwerman has already made strides in protecting against cybercrime. His most recent efforts have been accomplished through a partnership with security consultant Kevin Mitnick (“The World’s Most Wanted Hacker”), wherein they developed Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training. The training is interactive and web-based, and includes case studies, live demonstration videos and short tests. KnowBe4 uses knowledge of the latest cybercrime tactics in real-time to train its clients’ employees, ranging from credit unions to hospitals and insurance corporations.

InfraGard is an organization dedicated to the protection of the United States and the American people. All applicants undergo a records check performed by the FBI. Applications are screened according to defined criteria and then passed to the local chapter for final processing. lnfraGard members have access to sensitive information to help protect valuable assets, as well as forums for education and training on topics related to cybercrime.

For more information on KnowBe4, visit http://www.knowbe4.com.

About Stu Sjouwerman and KnowBe4
Stu Sjouwerman is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, LLC, which provides web-based Internet Security Awareness Training (ISAT) to small and medium-sized enterprises. A data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, Sjouwerman was the co founder of Inc. 500 company Sunbelt Software, an award-winning anti-malware software company that he and his partner sold to GFI Software in 2010. Realizing that the human element of security was being seriously neglected, Sjouwerman decided to help entrepreneurs tackle cybercrime tactics through advanced security awareness training. He and his team in KnowBe4 work with companies in many different industries, including highly-regulated fields such as healthcare, finance and insurance. Sjouwerman is the author of four books, with his latest being Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses Since the Meltdown of 2008. Visit [http://www.knowbe4.com or http://www.knowbe4.com/cyberheist-the-book/.

(1) Savvas, Anthony. Techworld.com. November 28, 2012, “91% of cyberattacks begin with spear phishing email.” news.techworld.com/security/3413574/91-of-cyberattacks-begin-with-spear-phishing-email/?olo=rss
(2) Infragard.net. Accessed December 17, 2012. “Become a Member”, infragard.net/member.php

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