EMC Security Division, Wombat Partner on Cyber-Security Training

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Features of the program include the ability to monitor employee completion of assignments and deliver automatic reminders about training deadlines.

Cyber-security awareness and training solutions specialist Wombat Security Technologies announced a reseller agreement with RSA, EMC’s security division, designed to help organizations leverage security awareness training so that employees become part of their company's active defense against growing cyber-attacks.

Wombat’s training platform helps businesses manage their security awareness training and employee assessment program from one cloud-based system, and enables, among other exercises, security officers to deploy mock phishing attacks which create teachable moments to help employees become receptive to more in-depth training.

The program, able to train global employees in multiple languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and French, also lets IT security professionals select from a set of training modules, each under 10 minutes, that teach practical advice to avoid numerous user-targeted threats, including up-to-date attacks.

"We're already seeing strong interest in this product around the world--the Wombat solution is something that security teams are asking for," Todd Lefkowitz, senior director of worldwide education services at RSA, said in a statement. "Wombat offers an innovative way to train employees and the company's vision for carrying out the security-awareness mission aligns well with ours to embrace end users as an important part of a defense-in-depth strategy."

Other features of the program include the ability to monitor employee completion of assignments and deliver automatic reminders about training deadlines, identify the users, or groups of users, who have the best or worst understanding of critical risk areas, and show measurable knowledge improvement over time with reports for executive management.

"We're thrilled to be working with RSA on this great opportunity to help their prospects and customers make their employees an active part of their company's defense against the most sophisticated user-targeted attacks," Wombat CEO and President Joe Ferrara said in a statement.

According to a recent survey of 200 C-level executives at U.S.-based enterprises conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of ThreatTrack Security, there is broad concern among enterprises about the vulnerability of their systems against cyber-attacks. More than two-thirds of C-level executives are concerned their companies will not be able to stop such threats, and one in five say their biggest concern is not knowing whether an attack is underway.

The study revealed a whopping 97 percent of enterprises with annual security budgets of more than $1 million still report concerns that they are vulnerable to malware attacks and cyber-espionage tactics, and 69 percent of executives were concerned that their organizations may be vulnerable to targeted malware attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and other sophisticated cyber-crime and cyber-espionage tactics.