2018 has just seen an IT industry acquisition that is set to shake up cybersecurity training, and improve safety standards across the sector.
Technology is reaching new heights of wonderment on a daily basis — there seem to be no limits to what we can achieve. IT products and services are constantly being improved upon and put to innovative uses but dangerous hacks and security breaches continue, becoming all the more risky as we rely more and more on our IT software and hardware. And as cybersecurity becomes increasingly important, new methods must be found to protect businesses.
Cybersecurity has a longstanding foe — and we’re not talking about hackers or other technological mischief-makers. Simple human error is involved in 95% of cybersecurity breaches.
Mimecast and Ataata: two firms making a difference
Mimecast – the email cybersecurity training, compliance and preparedness cloud service – has recently acquired Ataata in a bid to improve training, fill in gaps, and essentially reduce human error and, with it, cyberattacks.
Ataata was developed by the top brass of U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement — and those guys will know a thing or two about cybersecurity. Ataata provides engaging and user-friendly security awareness training for staff, and also helps businesses manage their cyber-risks through clever predictive analytics. This is great for employees, who will receive top-notch training as well as more detailed information as to where they need to brush up, and great for management, who can address company-wide knowledge deficits and act upon them.
How does Ataata work?
While staff members improves their risk awareness skills, Ataata captures data and provides valuable insights. It provides scores and analysis on what employees know about cybersecurity, and what they don’t.
This black and white data can then be used to address pertinent issues — either company-wide or with individuals — through further IT security awareness and compliance training.
Mimecast and Ataata are currently working to combine the two platforms seamlessly, in a bid to create the most advanced, sophisticated and effective cyber awareness training product on the market.
IT resellers are likely to already be aware of Mimecast’s top-notch email security services, and over 30,000 organisations trust Mimecast with things like cyber-resilience and compliance. The acquisition of Ataata looks set to increase Mimecast’s already sizeable market share, and (hopefully) improve cybersecurity compliance and preparedness industry-wide.
The move means that more and more businesses can plug the holes in security, and reduce that pesky human error as much as possible.