Staff Writer- Tampa Bay Business JournalA Clearwater Internet security firm has partnered with a famous hacker-turned-consultant to train employees to avoid hacker tricks.
KnowBe4 has named Kevin Mitnick “chief hacking officer” and released “Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training,” a Web-based interactive training program that uses case studies, live demonstrations and tests.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed in a written statement.
Mitnick hacked the computer systems of major corporations and was wanted by the FBI before he was arrested in 1995. He was released from prison in 2000.
He’s now an information security consultant, speaker and author based in Las Vegas.
The relationship with KnowBe4 began when Founder and CEO Stu Sjouwerman read a news article about “social engineering” that mentioned both him and Mitnick.
Sjouwerman called Mitnick and arranged a meeting.
They decided to collaborate on an updated version of KnowBe4’s training to educate employees on social engineering, or the practice of manipulating people to gain access to their computer and other sources of confidential information.
The cost of the Mitnick training varies, depending on the level of training, number of users and length of use. A basic package for 25 users costs in the neighborhood of $15 per user, per year.
Prior to founding KnowBe4, Sjouwerman co-founded Sunbelt Software, an anti-malware software company sold to GFI Software, based in Cary, N.C., in 2010.
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