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Cyber security start-up Purplephish joins Manchester’s Growing Tech Scene

April 30, 2018

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Cyber Security Start-up Purplephish Joins Manchester’s Growing Tech Scene

A Manchester start-up - backed by Manchester tech entrepreneur Paul Kenyon - is helping the business community tackle the global threat faced by cyber-attacks.

- Business provides software-based security awareness training

- Simulates phishing attacks using real-world scenarios

- Collaboration with leading University of Manchester academic

- Investment secured from tech entrepreneur Paul Kenyon

Launched this year, Purplephish helps organisations address the growing challenge of cyber security, shifting corporate focus to crime prevention rather than post-crime detection and its costly aftermath.

Combatting what is now recognised as one of the biggest threats to business, Purplephish provides software-based security awareness training and a simulated phishing platform, allowing business to roll-out real-world scenarios among their staff base, preventing cyber-attacks.

With the UK Government's 2017 Cyber Security Breaches Survey reporting that 46% of businesses fall victim to such attacks, with 72% of these due to staff receiving and opening fraudulent emails, Purplephish has developed a cloud-based, user-friendly solution that is geared towards employee awareness training.

The veracity of Purplephish's methodology is shown against the cyber threat landscape in a new whitepaper written with Dr. Daniel G. Dresner, a Cyber Security expert from the University of Manchester. In the paper, Purplephish identifies effective end-user training as one of the biggest areas for effecting change in the fight against cyber crime. 

Purplephish’s developers have designed and built the solution utilising Salesforce, enabling the creation of a user-friendly interface with easy organisational roll-out, simulating phishing attacks and providing organisations with actionable intelligence on their susceptibility to incidents, reducing their vulnerability.

Using its simulate, evaluate, educate, calibrate methodology, businesses can test employees’ susceptibility to cyber threats, discover the areas of exposure, educate through interactive training modules, and monitor over time, while pitting performance against industry peers.

Deploying attack simulations built and designed by security experts allows businesses to train users against real-life scenarios. This means employees are prepared for the threats they will face in a real-world environment and not just a classroom exercise.

The team has focused time and energy not only on the software and its scalability, but also on the educational materials. Not only are they engaging, easy to understand, relevant and up-to-date with the latest security threats, they are made memorable for employees. This allows businesses to maintain long-lasting positive changes in employee behavior and help mitigate the business risk in the long term.

In the fight against cyber crime, the market is seeing significant investment as well as consolidation, demonstrating the importance and growth in the space. Competitors Cofense (formerly Pishme) and Wombat have recently been involved in M&A activity, $400M and $225M respectively, while KnowBe4 has attracted $43.5M investment.

Paul Kenyon, entrepreneur and Purplephish investor, said:

“Cyber security is a rising challenge for UK businesses and will be a huge growth area over the coming years.

“With high profile cyber-attacks crippling organisations, such as the Wannacry attack on the NHS last year, the scale of the threat is clear. Human error and lack of education has been pinpointed in a number of studies, with 80% of businesses not addressing cyber training within their employee base. We see a clear opportunity to work with organisations of all sizes, helping them strengthen their approach to such business challenges.

“I firmly believe Purplephish can help shape this market, differentiated by their leading edge technology and unique approach taken to educating end users."

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