State Department Deploys Anti-Phishing 'Phil' Game Training

Wombat's Anti-Phishing Phil shown to be effective at training people to recognize phishing attacks

October 28, 2009

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Pittsburgh, PA " October 19, 2009 - Wombat Security Technologies announced today that its flagship Anti-Phishing Phil training game has been purchased by the US Department of State to increase the readiness of its workforce in the face of the ever growing risks associated with phishing attacks. The game will be made available world-wide to all 55,000 employees of the US Department of State.

Phil is a fun and engaging training game originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University and now commercialized by Wombat Security Technologies. The game, which was recently featured in Scientific American, has been shown to be significantly more effective at training people to recognize phishing attacks than more traditional training solutions used in the computer security industry today.

With the rise in phishing attacks seen over the past several years and the ability of these attacks to defeat anti-spam software and other security measures, organizations are increasingly turning to Wombat Security Technologies for more effective cyber security training and filtering solutions. With Anti-Phishing Phil now available as a 508 compliant game, Wombat is in a unique position to address the training needs of a wide range of both private sector and government organizations.

"We are honored to add the US Department of State to our rapidly growing list of customers. With the continuing increase in sophistication of phishing attacks, it is critical for government organizations as well as private sector organizations to turn to more effective ways of training their workforce. Wombat's unique suite of anti-phishing training tools is rapidly establishing itself as the premier awareness and training solution in this critical area", said Dr. Norman Sadeh, Founder and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies.

About Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat Security Technologies delivers unique cyber security training and filtering solutions with one of the most compelling ROI propositions in the marketplace today. Wombat's cyber security awareness and training solutions are designed to be engaging and interactive and have been scientifically shown to be significantly more effective than traditional training solutions. Wombat's products include interactive games and embedded training solutions that create unique "teachable moments", where users are most prone to pay attention and retain knowledge. Wombat's products are easy to deploy and maintain and are used in sectors as diverse as finance, government, telecom, health care, retail, education, transportation & utilities, IT and the service industry. With several hundred thousand users across North America, Europe and Asia, Wombat Security Technologies has established itself as a global leader in cyber security awareness and training. The company's solutions have received many accolades from the computer security industry and media and have been the subject of feature articles in high profile publications such as Scientific American as well as many business and trade publications.

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-- Kristen Clarke, Marketing Director Wombat Security Technologies Phone: 412-621-1484 x 704 :: Fax: 724-382-3005

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