Email Security & Protection , Events , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Inside KnowBe4's Acquisition of Egress

KnowBe4's Sjouwerman and Egress' Pepper on Integrated Solutions for Email Security
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4, and Tony Pepper, CEO, Egress

In a strategic move aimed at addressing evolving cybersecurity challenges, KnowBe4, a leading provider of security awareness training, has recently announced its acquisition of Egress, a specialist in email security solutions.

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Highlighting the impetus for the acquisition, Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4, said while they have been leaders in security awareness and phishing prevention, their customers also needed solutions in email security, particularly for internet cloud email security, mainly focusing on Microsoft and Google platforms.

"When we built a bidirectional integration with KnowBe4 whereby not only were we seeing some of those advanced behavioral-based inbound and outbound threats, a lot of the threats were not always payload-based attacks but often using natural language processing," said Tony Pepper, CEO, Egress. "We were detecting those and offering banners and teachable moments, to ultimately avoid people from interacting with those."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Sjouwerman and Pepper also discussed:

  • How the integration enables personalized training and education for users based on real-life telemetry data;
  • The road map for fully integrating Egress into KnowBe4;
  • The role of AI-driven technologies in addressing behavioral-based attacks.

Sjouwerman founed KnowBe4 in 2010. A serial entrepreneur and data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, he previously co-founded Inc. 500 company Sunbelt Software, an anti-malware software vendor that was acquired in 2010. Along with his CEO duties, Sjouwerman is currently editor-in-chief of Cyberheist News.

With over 20 years' experience in cybersecurity, Pepper is passionate about building high-growth enterprise SaaS companies that bring innovative products to market to solve real-world business problems.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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