GreatHorn’s CEO Discusses New Strategies to Combat Phishing in CSO

GreatHorn’s CEO Discusses New Strategies to Combat Phishing in CSO

In an interview with Michael Santacangelo that was published today in CSO, GreatHorn CEO Kevin O’Brien explains how to replace current approaches to combat phishing with strategies that improve security.

On why security awareness training is a failing strategy to combat phishing:

“Rather than trying to shame and then coach employees, IT leaders should look to create a frictionless information security strategy — one that is natively integrated into the workflows of ordinary users and that complements rather than conflicts with technology-centric security investments.”

On the distinction between compliance and effective security: 

“If you can show you were aware email was a problem and that you invested in security training for employees, then investigators can check those boxes. Meeting compliance doesn’t solve our cybersecurity problems — but for a CSO who is focused on risk reduction, it mitigates blame from the board. Ultimately, effectively securing the email attack surface requires a fundamental shift in the way that you think about mitigating risk.”

What will get us better results?

“We need to strip away all the buzzwords and ask this question: How do we create force multipliers in cybersecurity? The answer is automation. The threat surface is growing, and cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated.  Through the use of automation tools, security leaders can help their teams more efficiently manage the overwhelming number of alerts and potential vulnerabilities they face on a daily basis. Programmatically remediating low-level threats enables staff to prioritize investigation of critical threats that require human judgement.”

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Women Forward In Technology Program Announces Scholarship Recipients

Women Forward In Technology Program Announces Scholarship Recipients

Diversity and equality in tech is a topic that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s a cause that’s easy to get behind: practically everyone agrees that increasing diversity in the workforce is a critical and necessary endeavor. Talking the talk is easy, but actually following through and taking action on a stated commitment to diversity can be more of a challenge — especially for early-stage companies without large budgets or established employee resource groups, and who are almost always time- and resource-constrained.

At GreatHorn, we’ve made diversity a priority from the very first days of the company. We consider diversity to be one of our key competitive differentiators, and a core element of our culture. Our team overall encompasses a wide range of different age groups, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives, and nearly half (40%) of GreatHorn’s leadership team are women (as Director of Marketing, I am one of them).

We are committed to increasing diversity and encouraging equality both in our own company (for example, signing the White House’s Tech Inclusion pledge, or participating in WomenHack events), as well as industry-wide. When Distil Networks invited us to join the inaugural Women Forward In Technology program as a founding sponsor, we jumped at the chance to contribute.

The Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program promotes diversity within the STEM workforce. The program is designed to encourage women to pursue a career in technology, minimizing the gender gap. The program awards multiple $3,000 scholarships to female graduate and undergraduate students annually, and I am proud to share that in the first year of the program, we raised enough to grant scholarships to 16 incredibly talented and ambitious women!

The next scholarship program will open on June 1, 2018 and the winners will be announced on August 30, 2018. To learn more about the program, apply for a scholarship, or make a donation, please visit:

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FinovateFall Demo Days Begin Today!

FinovateFall Demo Days Begin Today!

Today is the first day of Finovate Fall 2017’s two demo days, and the GreatHorn team is eagerly preparing to present our Inbound Email Security platform to business and technology leaders from financial institutions worldwide who have come together to learn about cutting-edge technologies. Recent research shows that financial institutions were attacked 65% more frequently than any other industry in 2016; no surprise, given the nature of the data they work with on a daily basis. 

The ever-increasing volume of targeted email attacks, coupled with an alarming success rate, emphasizes the financial industry’s need for a new approach to email security. During our demo, we’ll walk through a real impersonation attack live onstage to showcase the IES platform’s ability to automatically detect and remediate what Gartner callsthe most pernicious threat challenging modern connected organizations:” targeted phishing.

GreatHorn will be presenting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, during demo session #6 (10:45AM – 12:05PM). Come check it out, and swing by our table in the networking area! Tweet us @GreatHorn or send an email to [email protected] if you’re interested in lining up some time to speak with one of our reps.

Bonus Points: Awards Roundup

In addition to Finovate, we’ve also kept up a steady pace of industry accolades. Here are a few that we’ve taken home in the past few months:

  • SC Reboot AwardsTop Management. CEO Kevin O’Brien was selected as an honoree for the SC Reboot Awards’ “Top Management” category, based on his extensive track record as a senior executive for a series of Boston-area security startups over the last 15 years.
  • Mass TLC Leadership AwardsInnovative Tech of the Year: Security. GreatHorn was also named one of five finalists for the 2017 Mass TLC Leadership Awards! The awards recognize the individuals, technologies, and companies that are driving innovation in the region. We will be attending the MassTLC Leadership Awards’ Finalist Gala on September 14th, at Seaport’s World Trade Center in Boston, MA.
  • The Timmy AwardsBoston’s Best Tech Startup. GreatHorn was recently announced as a finalist for Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards in the “Boston’s Best Tech Startup” Category. The awards aim to recognize and celebrate the best employers for tech professionals in Boston. GreatHorn will attend the awards ceremony at Laugh Boston on Wednesday, September 20th.

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Gartner Names GreatHorn a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security

Gartner Names GreatHorn a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security

We are thrilled to announce that GreatHorn has been listed as one of Gartner’s cybersecurity “Cool Vendors”!

In the note Cool Vendors in Cloud Security 2017, analyst Steve Riley writes:

“The most pernicious threat challenging modern connected organizations: targeted phishing.”

GreatHorn solves this problem by providing comprehensive communication security, focused on targeted social engineering and phishing.

We map the social graphs of our clients communications across both email and other cloud-based systems, and use our technology to find anomalous patterns and messages that bear no payloads, files, or links, but rather, rely on social engineering techniques to compromise access to data, credentials, and financial resources.

Cybercriminals’ shift in tactics towards low-volume, highly targeted attacks requires enterprises to look beyond traditional solutions in order to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers from an ever-more-sophisticated set of techniques. Traditional anti-spam, anti-malware, and static analysis tools simply cannot keep up with today’s threats — especially when we see global attacks reaching millions of users in minutes.

GreatHorn combines deep learning and automation to drive down the time to both detection and response, and represents a truly next-generation communication security platform, safeguarding cloud email platforms from phishing, business email compromise, spear phishing, ransomware, and even OAuth-based threats more quickly and accurately than any legacy platform.

Interested in learning more? Download the complete note here:

Complimentary Gartner Market Guide for Secure Email Gateways

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GreatHorn Named a Finalist in the 2017 MITX Awards

We are pleased to share that GreatHorn has been named a finalist for the 2017 MITX Awards, in the “Best Tech Innovation of the Year – Small to Mid-Size Business” category. This is the eighth award that we’ve been a finalist for – with 4 wins! – and we’re hoping to bring home some more hardware for our trophy case.

The MITX Awards are “the largest and most prestigious annual awards competition in the country for digital marketing and technology innovation.” We’ll be making a presentation to the MITX judges in a few weeks and winners will be announced at the 21st Annual MITX Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 25.

Learn more about our cloud communication cybersecurity solutions: Inbound Email SecurityMessaging Security, and the newly-released GreatHorn Threat Platform

#StandForEqualPay: On Diversity and Equality at GreatHorn

Today – April 4th – is Equal Pay Day, and our inclusion in Glassdoor’s list of companies that have taken the Equal Pay Pledge provides a great opportunity to discuss our commitment to, and strategic focus on, building a diverse culture at GreatHorn.

We consider diversity to be a key competitive differentiator for GreatHorn, and a core element of our company culture. Companies who embrace a range of diverse opinions are in a better position to create better relationships with customers, identify opportunities, and read and react to changes in the market than those with monocultures. It’s essential for us that our team bring a broad range of experiences, perspectives, and ideas to the table, and diversity is key to accomplishing that.

A commitment to diversity inherently requires a commitment to equality – including equal pay. In the U.S., women earn about 76 cents for each dollar earned by men on average; this disparity is unacceptable, and we are committed to doing our part to close this gender pay gap. We compensate all of our employees on a level playing field based on their role, experience, and performance. Those are the only criteria we use to compensate our employees, and always will be.

Nearly half (40%) of GreatHorn’s leadership team are women, representing multiple different backgrounds. Our team overall encompasses a wide range of different age groups, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives. GreatHorn is also a signatory to the White House’s Tech Inclusion pledge, a worldwide commitment made by technology companies to create and sustain inclusive cultures through hiring practices that are open for all.

Pay equality is an important cornerstone of a diverse culture, and by taking the pay equality pledge, we are formally telling our employees, candidates and the world that we are committed to equitable pay practices. The more companies stand up for equal pay, the closer we get to closing the pay gap and making salary equity a reality for all.