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HacWare CEO: Phishing is big business

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CJ Fairfield

HacWare CEO Tiffany Ricks said: “We are moving fast. We have to wear multiple hats. But the important thing to remember here is that every business is a technology business right now. and other types of attacks, it is very important to consider security training as part of your job and protect the business you support.

Hackware CEO Tiffany Ricks

Tiffany Ricks, CEO of cybersecurity training vendor HacWare, needed a phishing simulation product for her consulting business, so she created one.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, HacWare was founded in 2019 as Ricks owned a consulting business in Dallas. The business focused on helping companies understand how hackers infiltrated their systems.

“We sent out phishing simulations, saw if those users were being duped, and decided we needed a product that we could train,” she told CRN. “This is what I needed in my consultancy business and a way to automate it.”

She then realized that an MSP needed the same product she needed, so she created it herself.

“And that creates consciousness,” she said.

Since its launch in 2019, HacWare is currently being used by MSPs in seven countries “to educate users about phishing and other cybersecurity topics.”

“We will automate the phishing simulation process and use real phishing data to test users on how cybercriminals are currently attacking,” she said. “Then we automatically train them on potential mistakes and keep them up to date with other compliance efforts the client may make.”

Most recently, HacWare partnered with Involta Partners, a data center, hybrid IT and cloud-forward consulting firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to expand cybersecurity awareness on CRN’s 2022 MSP 500 list.

“We are in the channel and focused on growth and scaling,” she said. “We are moving fast. We have to wear multiple hats. But the important thing to remember here is that every business is a technology business right now. and other types of attacks.It is very important to consider security training as part of your job and protect the business you support.”

CRN spoke with Ricks about this partnership and how HacWare is expanding awareness of phishing attacks to help the MSP community. Click on the slideshow to see what she has to say.

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CJ Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is CRN’s Associate Editor for Solution Providers, MSPs and Distributors. Prior to joining CRN, he worked for daily newspapers such as The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be contacted at cfairfield@thechannelcompany.com.


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