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Stu Sjouwerman

Chief Executive Officer & President

Stu Sjouwerman (pronounced “shower-man”) is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, Inc., which hosts the world’s most popular integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, with over 54,000 organization customers and more than 50 million users. A serial entrepreneur and data security expert with 30 years in the IT industry, Stu was the co-founder of Inc. 500 company Sunbelt Software, a multiple award-winning anti-malware software company that was acquired in 2010.

Recent Posts

Verizon: The Human Element is Behind Two-Thirds of Data Breaches

Despite growing security investments in prevention, detection and response to threats, users are still making uninformed mistakes and causing breaches.
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8 out of 10 Organizations Experience a Cyber Attack and Attribute Users as the Problem

Regardless of whether your environment is on-premises, in the cloud or hybrid, new data makes it clear that users are the top cybersecurity concern, and we cover what you can do about it.
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Scam Service Attempts to Bypass Multi-factor Authentication

A scam operation called “Estate” has attempted to trick nearly a hundred thousand people into handing over multi-factor authentication codes over the past year, according to Zack ...
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Phishing and Pretexting Dominate Social Engineering-Related Data Breaches

New data shows that despite the massive evolution of the cybercrime economy, threat actors are sticking with the basics in social engineering attacks, with a goal at stealing data.
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FBI Warns of AI-Assisted Phishing Campaigns

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) San Francisco division warns that threat actors are increasingly using AI tools to improve their social engineering attacks.
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How Come Unknown Attack Vectors are Surging in Ransomware Infections?

Trend analysis of ransomware attacks in the first quarter of this year reveals a continual increase in the number of "unknown" initial attack vectors, and I think I might understand why.
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Attackers Leveraging XSS To Make Phishing Emails Increasingly Evasive

Attackers are exploiting Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) flaws to bypass security filters, according to a new report from Vipre. This technique allows attackers to send benign links ...
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Alert: Nova Scotians Hit by Surge of Sophisticated Spear Phishing Scams

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nova Scotia is warning of spear phishing attacks that impersonate company managers. The scammers text company employees requesting a payment to ...
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New Research: Number of Successful Ransomware Attacks Rise 29% in a Just One Year

New analysis of Q1’s ransomware attacks uncovers a single group responsible for the majority and discusses what makes them so successful.
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Reality Hijacked: Deepfakes, GenAI, and the Emergent Threat of Synthetic Media

"Reality Hijacked" isn't just a title—it's a wake-up call. The advent and acceleration of GenAI is redefining our relationship with 'reality' and challenging our grip on the truth.
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[Beware] Ransomware Targets Execs' Kids to Coerce Payouts

Just when you think bad actors cannot sink any lower, they find a way to. In a recent chilling evolution of ransomware tactics, attackers are now also targeting the families of corporate ...
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Ransomware Detection Time Shortens by 44% as Organizations Attempt to Keep Up with Attackers

New data shows organizations are improving their ability to detect and respond to ransomware attacks, but is it fast enough to make a difference and stop attacks?
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Phishing-as-a-Service Platform LabHost Disrupted by Law Enforcement Crackdown

One of the largest phishing-as-a-service platforms, LabHost, was severely disrupted by law enforcement in 19 countries during a year-long operation that resulted in 37 arrests.
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Digital Doppelgängers: AI-Generated Celeb Fashion Takes Over the Met Gala on Social Media

The Met Gala, fashion's biggest night, was not just the A-list attendees who stole the spotlight—digital imposters in the form of AI-generated superstars sent social media into a frenzy.
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Arizona Election Workers Battle Against Deepfake Threats in New AI Defense Drill

In the quest to secure the integrity of elections, Arizona election workers have taken a groundbreaking step by participating in a first-of-its-kind drill meant to defend against a new ...
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[Must Read] How Boeing Battled a Whopping $200M Ransomware Demand

Boeing recently confirmed that in October 2023, it fell victim to an attack by the LockBit ransomware gang, which disrupted some of its parts and distribution operations. The attackers ...
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[Breaking] The News Is Increasingly Broken. Surge Of Inaccurate AI News Stories

Keeping up to date what is happening is crucial in IT, but the reliability of the news you consume is facing a growing threat.
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Phishing Reports in Switzerland More Than Doubled Last Year

Switzerland’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) received more than 30,000 reports of cyber incidents in the second half of 2023, more than double the amount received in the second ...
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9 in 10 Organizations Paid At least One Ransom Last Year

New analysis of cyber attacks shows ransomware attacks are running far more rampant than previously thought, with half of organizations blaming poor cyber hygiene.
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