Mimecast acquires Ataata

Mimecast adds security awareness training to expand cyber resilience for email capabilities.
Mimecast adds security awareness training to expand cyber resilience for email capabilities.

E-mail and data security company Mimecast today announced it has acquired cyber security awareness and training company, Ataata.

In a statement, Mimecast says the acquisition will allow customers to measure cyber risk training effectiveness by converting behaviour observations into actionable risk metrics for security professionals.

Peter Bauer, CEO and founder of Mimecast, says: "Cyber security 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.

"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."

The statement also notes the acquisition 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.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ataata's CEO and co-founder Michael Madon says, "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."

He continues: "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."

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