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KnowBe4 Announces 5 Cyber Security Predictions for 2013


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CLEARWATER, FL (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

According to the New York Times, the top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks recently stated that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated by criminal gangs, hackers and other nations (1). In 2012, cybercrime against banks and businesses proved to people that such attacks would not be ending anytime soon. Stu Sjouwerman, CEO and founder of KnowBe4, an Internet security awareness training firm, foresees that cyberattacks will continue to become more and more advanced, and will continue to steal money and personal information via the Internet.

Sjouwerman has over 30 years in the IT industry and is a member of the FBIs esteemed InfraGard program. InfraGard is one of the fastest-growing networks of government and private sector individuals united by a strong commitment to national security. Because of Sjouwermans experience and expertise, he has been able to help businesses learn how to protect themselves against cyberattacks. Realizing that the computer is not the only avenue for hackers out there, Sjouwermans predications are based on the technology that people use every day. He also found that in most cyberattacks, humans are often the weakest link. His company, KnowBe4, is dedicated to educating the public of impending cybercrime tactics that may be easily guarded against, rendering such attacks unsuccessful.

Sjouwermans 2013 Cybersecurity Forecast:

1. First Quantity, Now Quality: Cybercrime will focus more on quality than in previous years. Criminals will use increasingly smart malware, and engage in more focused attacks.

2. BYOD Target Number One: As part of cybercrimes focused attacks, they will be looking to infect employees private mobile devices that have access to company networks.

3. Multiple Devices: People are now using various sizes of computing devices (phones, tablets), each with its own operating system. Hackers rejoice with a million Android-based malware variants.

With the increased number of smartphones in useat least 165 million active Android and Apple iOS devices in the U.S. used by 78% of the adult population (2)it is especially important that people know the dangers that come with their mobile technology.

4. The Password is Dead. In 2013, you will see a wave of organizations that deploy a form of two-factor authentication for both customers and employees. It will be a web-based login with a password together with a secondary passkey that will be sent to a users phone.

5. Mobile Commerce: 2013 will be the year of mobile shopping, and within the next twelve months, most retail companies will enable mobile commerce with mobile wallets.

Protecting Against Cybercrime

KnowBe4 uses knowledge of the latest cybercrime tactics to train its clients employees, ranging from banks, credit unions, defense contractors and hospitals to insurance corporations. Most recently, his partnership with former hacker Kevin Mitnick (The Worlds Most Wanted Hacker) led to the development of Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training. Mitnick, the renowned computer hacker-turned-security-consultant, collaborated with Sjouwerman to create security awareness training that is interactive, web-based, and includes case studies, live demonstration videos and short tests.

KnowBe4 offers cybercrime prevention resources to help organizations determine their susceptibility to cyberattacks, including a free phishing security test and a free email exposure check (EEC) which reveals publicly available company email addresses that cybercriminals can use to target staff with spear-phishing attacks.

Cybercrime prevention and protection is all about getting businesses, employees and people to know what to look for and what to expect. In this way, they can protect themselves by understanding how hackers operate, Sjouwerman commented.

For more information on KnowBe4, visit

About Stu Sjouwerman and KnowBe4

Stu Sjouwerman is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, LLC, which provides web-based Internet Security Awareness Training ISAT) to small and medium-sized enterprises. A data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, Sjouwerman was the co founder of Inc. 500 company Sunbelt Software, an award-winning anti-malware software company that he and his partner sold to GFI Software in 2010. Realizing that the human element of security was being seriously neglected, Sjouwerman decided to help entrepreneurs tackle cybercrime tactics through advanced security awareness training. He and his team in KnowBe4 work with companies in many different industries, including highly-regulated fields such as healthcare, finance and insurance. Sjouwerman is the author of four books, with his latest being Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses Since the Meltdown of 2008. Visit or

(1) Sanger, David and Schmitt, Eric., July 26, 2012. Rise Is Seen in Cyberattacks Targeting U.S. Infrastructure,
(2) Blodget, Henry. September 13, 2012. Actually, The US Smartphone Revolution Has Entered The Late Innings,

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