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Gartner names Proofpoint leader in security training

Mon 29 Jul 2019
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Cybersecurity and compliance company Proofpoint announced it has been positioned by Gartner in the Leaders quadrant of the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training for the sixth consecutive year.

The report provides a detailed overview of the security awareness computer-based training market and evaluates vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.

“Nearly all targeted attacks require human interaction to succeed and continuous security awareness training, that delivers the right education to the right people at the right time, is one of the most effective ways to reduce risk,” says Proofpoint cybersecurity strategy executive vice president Ryan Kalember.

“We aim to deliver curated content that allows our customers to educate their most attacked people and enable them to be both a strong last line of defence and a key source of threat intelligence.”

The larger threat landscape has shifted as cybercriminals have moved from targeting infrastructure to targeting users directly.

To help organisations approach security from a people-centric perspective, Proofpoint Security Awareness Training aims to identify areas of employee susceptibility, delivers targeted training when and where it’s most needed and provides detailed business intelligence about end-user knowledge and behaviour.

The interactive training modules are built with learning science principles and include self-service customisation, which improves efficacy and ensures longer-term retention of training.

Available in more than 35 languages with translated and localised regional content, Proofpoint Security Awareness Training solutions educate end-users against real-world cyber-attacks based on industry-leading threat intelligence and empowers them to take action. 

The integrated Closed-Loop Email Analysis and Response (CLEAR) solution allows employees to report suspicious emails which are then prioritised using Proofpoint threat intelligence and can be automatically remediated, reducing the time needed to neutralise an active threat from days to minutes.

Last month, Forrester Wave named Proofpoint a leader in enterprise email security in its quarterly report.

Proofpoint received the highest rating in the current offering category, which measures criteria including email filtering, threat intelligence, cloud integration, incident response, and support and customer success.

The report also noted that “customers praised Proofpoint for its technology leadership, overall performance, and [data loss prevention] (DLP) capabilities.” 

Kalember said, “This validates our holistic people-centric security approach that integrates email security with cloud security, data security, and security awareness training."

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