Cofense (formerly PhishMe)

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Cofense (formerly PhishMe)


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


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

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.


  • 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, albeit expensive solution to consider.

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Security Awareness Training
Leesburg, VA, US
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User Reviews

Project Manager

Existing Customer

Finance, 1,000-10,000 employees

Used the product for: 6-12 months

May 8, 2019


"Installation and Usage is Easy - Good overall experience"

What did you like best when using this solution?

The reporting is high quality, and it's easy to get users additional training when you can see they need it. It's also easy to send the training out to the whole organization.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

I'd like to see more frequent content updates.

Describe your over overall experience with Cofense (formerly PhishMe). Did you find this product solved your business needs?

The phishing simulation and reporting is really useful. The platform is easy to use and a great solution overall!

Cyber Security Manager

Existing Customer

Manufacturing, 1,000-10,000 employees

Used the product for: 1-2 years

May 8, 2019


"Great tool for phishing education, easy to make phishing scenarios"

What did you like best when using this solution?

I like that Cofense lets me teach people how to spot a phishing email. It helped to drive awarenes of email risks. We also got good support and help from the vendor. The cost was good too.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

It can be time consuming to set up campaigns but support is helpful.

Describe your over overall experience with Cofense (formerly PhishMe). Did you find this product solved your business needs?

Cofense has helped people in my organization get better at email threats