Cofense released Cofense Validator, a technology that allows businesses to validate the effectiveness of their secure email gateways (SEGs) with active, live phishing threats on their own.

Secure Email Gateways consume a large percentage of an organization’s budget to prevent phishing attempts. Cofense Validator allows you to compare your spending to that of your colleagues using real-time phishing data.

Cofense CTO and co-founder, Aaron Higbee said, “There are numerous options out there when it comes to selecting a secure email gateway, and they often promise to block 99% of bad emails, some at a much higher cost than others. Until now, customers had to rely on ridiculously contrived bake-offs conducted by the SEG vendors using self-serving datasets. Of course, they are going to pass their test. They know how difficult it is for customers to curate live phishing data to perform their independent testing. Cofense’s 24×7 visibility into threats such as BEC, ransomware, credential harvesting, and malicious attachments that have bypassed major SEGs allows Cofense Validator to be the only objective analyzer of SEG performance.”

The Cofense Validator tests a customer’s SEG by transmitting real, in-the-wild phishing threats recognized by Cofense to see how effective it is at stopping those active threats. Customers see an immediate return on investment thanks to reports that provide quickly actionable data.

Cofense Validator applies what we know about advanced phishing strategies from Cofense Intelligence to evaluate SEG efficacy against the current, verified, live phishing threats – not older threats already found on popular access deny lists or threats cherry-picked to make an SEG review look good.