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Mimecast completes acquisition of Ataata

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Global email and data security company Mimecast has acquired cyber security training and awareness platform Ataata.

According to Mimecast (NASDAQ: MIME), the addition of security awareness training and risk scoring and analysis strengthens its cyber resilience for email capabilities.

“Cybersecurity awareness training has traditionally been viewed as a check the box action for compliance purposes, boring videos with PhDs rambling about security or even less than effective gamification which just doesn’t work,” said Peter Bauer, chief executive and founder of Mimecast.

“As cyber attacks continue to find new ways to bypass traditional threat detection methods, it’s essential to educate your employees in a way that changes behaviour.

“According to a report from Gartner, the security awareness computer-based training market will grow to more than $1.1 billion by year-end 2020. The powerful combination of Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities paired with Ataata’s employee training and risk scoring will help customers enhance their cyber resilience efforts.”

Mimecast says the acquisition of Ataata will offer customers a single cloud platform that is engineered to mitigate risk and reduce employee security mistakes by calculating employee security risk based on sentiment and behaviour “while connecting them with relevant training that is content based on their score and recommended areas for improvement”.

Michael Madon, chief executive and co-founder of Ataata, said, “Human error is involved in the majority of all security breaches, and these casual mistakes can cost organisations money, their reputation – and employees, potentially their job.”

“Organisations need to understand that employees are their last line of defence. Cyber security training and awareness doesn’t need to be difficult or boring. Training and awareness is needed to help mitigate these internal risks.

“Our customers rely on engaging content at the human level, which helps to change behaviour at the employee-level. We’re excited to join forces with Mimecast to help customers build a stronger cyber resilience strategy that includes robust content, risk scoring and real-world attack simulation – going way beyond basic security awareness capabilities.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

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