Product Comparison

KnowBe4 vs Cofense (formerly PhishMe)

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Phishing Simulation
Ease of Use
Reporting Capabilities
Content Quality

Summary

Review date: November 19th 2018

Snapshot: KnowBe4 provides security awareness training and simulated phishing tools.

Who are KnowBe4?

KnowBe4 is the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform. They offer a range of materials and scenarios to help train users to be more aware of social engineering style threats. They provide a range of tests such as simulated phishing, vishing and smishing attacks to identify users who need security training. They provide security awareness training to these customers which comes in the form of interactive modules, videos, games, posters and newsletters. A range of reports show how the overall security awareness of an organisation has been increased through the training process.

For: Organizations who have been struggling with stopping phishing attacks and want to help to train users.

Not For: Organizations who want the most granular and data driven reporting on security awareness training available, or a technical phishing defence platform.

Features:

  • Content library with over 700 engaging training materials made up of videos, games, posters and newsletters available to access based on subscription level
  • ‘Phish alert’ Outlook plug in, means users can report when they think is spam email to IT so they can verify if the email is real or not
  • Training is engaging and well liked by users, with high rates of success according to customers
  • Simulated phishing campaigns can be edited, with customisable landing pages, scenarios and attachments
  • Collection of reports and analytics which show how well security awareness training is working to protect the organisation
  • Easy user management with active directory integration allowing you to track employees progress with training
  • High levels of customer satisfaction with the service
  • Can train users in different types of social engineering attacks, including phishing emails, voice and text or instant messaging

Expert Insight:

KnowBe4 is a market leader in security awareness training. They offer a range of high quality, customisable campaigns to test employees and the service is very easy for IT departments to manage. KnowBE4 offer a range of training materials which help to improve the security of a businesses, and statistics help to show how this is improving over time. This is a hugely popular service with great features such as the phish alert, which allows users to quickly report emails to IT, helping to prevent potentially disastrous data leaks.

The platform is primarily aimed at American companies, with training materials and campaigns aimed mostly at an American audience. It’s a strong security awareness training option for companies around the world, however. It’s hugely popular among customers and for a lot of businesses will be very effective at increasing the overall security of an organisation against phishing attacks.

Overall Score
Phishing Simulation
Ease of Use
Reporting Capabilities
Content Quality

Summary

Review date: October 4th 2018

Snapshot: Cofense simulates phishing attacks and trains users to be more security aware.

Who are Cofense?

Cofense offer a range of cloud based security solutions to protect businesses from social engineering styled attacks such as ransomware, business email compromise and phishing. They also offer a security awareness training known as ‘PhishMe.’ PhishMe is one of the most popular security awareness training platforms available. It’s a cloud based security training and phishing simulation tool which aims to improve employee’s resiliency against social engineering styled attacks. They do this by implementing simulated phishing attacks, and then training users with videos and infographics.

For: Customers looking for strong security awareness training alongside technical phishing protection.

Not For: Customers looking for the most streamlined, easy to use security awareness training platform.

Features:

  • Customisable phishing campaigns that allow businesses to train on specific threats they are facing, with different levels of difficulty
  • Platform can simulate a wide range of different attacks including ransomware, business email compromise, sear phishing and malware
  • Comprehensive reporting and metrics help businesses to measure how successful security awareness training is within the organisation
  • ‘Cofense Reporter’ Outlook Plug-In allows end users to report suspected phishing emails to IT departments
  • Over 2000 different training materials including infographics, videos and interactive presentations with self-assessments
  • Offers a free version for small businesses with limited budgets and less than 500 employees
  • Cofense also offer technical phishing defences which stop phishing attacks and work well alongside security awareness training to increase the overall security of a business

Expert Insight:

Cofense offer a strong security awareness training platform. It offers businesses realistic phishing simulations, which can be fine-tuned to the specific types of social engineering attacks faced by an organisation, with different difficulty levels. This can be an invaluable tool for companies to get more insight into their organisation’s preparedness for a cyber-attack. Cofense offer a range of training materials to help employees become more security aware. They offer a range of well researched materials like infographics and interactive presentation to get people engaged about security issues. There’s a deep level of reports and insights on offer to help businesses measure their return on investment, and how well employees are improving with security awareness training.

Cofense is a popular service among users, with the ‘Reporter’ function a crucial feature for end users to report phishing emails, helping to improve the security of organisations. Cofense also offer a ‘Triage’ service, which helps to aggregate these reports and reduce the burden on IT departments. Cofense is an expensive platform but does offer a free version for small businesses.

Cofense also offers phishing protection for the email network, which can be a good technical defence alongside security awareness training. For customers looking for a strong all-round security awareness training solution with customisable campaigns and training, Cofense is a compelling solution to consider.

Overall Score
Phishing Simulation
Ease of Use
Reporting Capabilities
Content Quality

Summary

Review date: November 19th 2018

Snapshot: KnowBe4 provides security awareness training and simulated phishing tools.

Who are KnowBe4?

KnowBe4 is the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform. They offer a range of materials and scenarios to help train users to be more aware of social engineering style threats. They provide a range of tests such as simulated phishing, vishing and smishing attacks to identify users who need security training. They provide security awareness training to these customers which comes in the form of interactive modules, videos, games, posters and newsletters. A range of reports show how the overall security awareness of an organisation has been increased through the training process.

For: Organizations who have been struggling with stopping phishing attacks and want to help to train users.

Not For: Organizations who want the most granular and data driven reporting on security awareness training available, or a technical phishing defence platform.

Features:

  • Content library with over 700 engaging training materials made up of videos, games, posters and newsletters available to access based on subscription level
  • ‘Phish alert’ Outlook plug in, means users can report when they think is spam email to IT so they can verify if the email is real or not
  • Training is engaging and well liked by users, with high rates of success according to customers
  • Simulated phishing campaigns can be edited, with customisable landing pages, scenarios and attachments
  • Collection of reports and analytics which show how well security awareness training is working to protect the organisation
  • Easy user management with active directory integration allowing you to track employees progress with training
  • High levels of customer satisfaction with the service
  • Can train users in different types of social engineering attacks, including phishing emails, voice and text or instant messaging

Expert Insight:

KnowBe4 is a market leader in security awareness training. They offer a range of high quality, customisable campaigns to test employees and the service is very easy for IT departments to manage. KnowBE4 offer a range of training materials which help to improve the security of a businesses, and statistics help to show how this is improving over time. This is a hugely popular service with great features such as the phish alert, which allows users to quickly report emails to IT, helping to prevent potentially disastrous data leaks.

The platform is primarily aimed at American companies, with training materials and campaigns aimed mostly at an American audience. It’s a strong security awareness training option for companies around the world, however. It’s hugely popular among customers and for a lot of businesses will be very effective at increasing the overall security of an organisation against phishing attacks.

Overall Score
Phishing Simulation
Ease of Use
Reporting Capabilities
Content Quality

Summary

Review date: October 4th 2018

Snapshot: Cofense simulates phishing attacks and trains users to be more security aware.

Who are Cofense?

Cofense offer a range of cloud based security solutions to protect businesses from social engineering styled attacks such as ransomware, business email compromise and phishing. They also offer a security awareness training known as ‘PhishMe.’ PhishMe is one of the most popular security awareness training platforms available. It’s a cloud based security training and phishing simulation tool which aims to improve employee’s resiliency against social engineering styled attacks. They do this by implementing simulated phishing attacks, and then training users with videos and infographics.

For: Customers looking for strong security awareness training alongside technical phishing protection.

Not For: Customers looking for the most streamlined, easy to use security awareness training platform.

Features:

  • Customisable phishing campaigns that allow businesses to train on specific threats they are facing, with different levels of difficulty
  • Platform can simulate a wide range of different attacks including ransomware, business email compromise, sear phishing and malware
  • Comprehensive reporting and metrics help businesses to measure how successful security awareness training is within the organisation
  • ‘Cofense Reporter’ Outlook Plug-In allows end users to report suspected phishing emails to IT departments
  • Over 2000 different training materials including infographics, videos and interactive presentations with self-assessments
  • Offers a free version for small businesses with limited budgets and less than 500 employees
  • Cofense also offer technical phishing defences which stop phishing attacks and work well alongside security awareness training to increase the overall security of a business

Expert Insight:

Cofense offer a strong security awareness training platform. It offers businesses realistic phishing simulations, which can be fine-tuned to the specific types of social engineering attacks faced by an organisation, with different difficulty levels. This can be an invaluable tool for companies to get more insight into their organisation’s preparedness for a cyber-attack. Cofense offer a range of training materials to help employees become more security aware. They offer a range of well researched materials like infographics and interactive presentation to get people engaged about security issues. There’s a deep level of reports and insights on offer to help businesses measure their return on investment, and how well employees are improving with security awareness training.

Cofense is a popular service among users, with the ‘Reporter’ function a crucial feature for end users to report phishing emails, helping to improve the security of organisations. Cofense also offer a ‘Triage’ service, which helps to aggregate these reports and reduce the burden on IT departments. Cofense is an expensive platform but does offer a free version for small businesses.

Cofense also offers phishing protection for the email network, which can be a good technical defence alongside security awareness training. For customers looking for a strong all-round security awareness training solution with customisable campaigns and training, Cofense is a compelling solution to consider.