How Strong is Your Human Firewall?
by George McDonald
Chief Officer of Strategic Services

In November 2019 your Credit Union Association of the Dakotas announced an agreement for discounted pricing for Association members with KnowBe4, the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, to help you manage the ongoing problem of social engineering. These attacks continue to be the leading cause of compromised networks and data breaches because employees continue to be the weakest link in an organization’s security.


KnowBe4 helps organizations address that human element of security by raising awareness and providing a new-school approach to security awareness training. You are invited to join us for these informative sessions, and registration info for both webinars can be found below.   

Old-school awareness training does not hack it anymore. Your email filters have an average 7-10% failure rate; you need a strong human firewall as your last line of defense. Join us on Wednesday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. (CT) for a live demonstration and introduction of KnowBe4’s new-school approach to security awareness training and simulated phishing. Check out our new assessment feature and see how easy it is to train and phish your users!


  • NEW Assessments! Find out where your users are in both security knowledge and security culture to help establish baseline security metrics you can improve over time.
  • Train your users with access to the world's largest library of awareness training content and automated training campaigns with scheduled reminder emails.
  • Send fully automated simulated phishing attacks, using thousands of customizable templates with unlimited usage.
  • Virtual Risk Officer shows you the Risk Score by user, group, and your whole organization.
  • Advanced Reporting on 60+ key awareness training indicators.
  • Active Directory Integration to easily upload user data, eliminating the need to manually manage user changes.
  • Identify and respond to email threats faster. Enhance your incident response efforts with the PhishER add-on!

Find out how 30,000+ organizations have mobilized their end-users as their human firewall and
Add this FREE webinar to your calendar now! 


Simulated Phishing and Awareness Training – Wednesday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. (CT)



Tax season is also upon us, which makes this prime time for hackers to target your unsuspecting users with the latest Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. From evolved W2 fraud to tax-related spear phishing, cybercriminals capitalize on the first quarter of each new year with smarter, craftier attacks designed to convince your users to provide confidential information, authorize wire transfers, or enable malicious files.

Join Erich Kron and James McQuiggan, KnowBe4 Security Awareness Advocates, on Wednesday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. (CT) for an in-depth discussion of the new types of BEC scams you can expect to see, what your users should be on alert for this tax season, and how to protect your organization from these evolved threats. During this webinar you will learn:


  • Real-world examples of the latest BEC attacks;
  • Common targets within your organization and techniques used to trick them;
  • Red flags your users need to know now to spot BEC attacks; and
  • How to educate your organization so you don’t fall victim.

Don't let your organization become a statistic this tax season! Join our experts to find out how to stop the bad guys before it's too late. Add this FREE webinar to your calendar now!

Spotting and Defending Against BEC Tax Scams – Wednesday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. (CT)


If you are interested in learning more about the KnowBe4 products and services, please contact me at or 701.250.3942 for more information. You can also reach out to Carol Wallace at 727.249.0851 and be sure to ask for the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas special offer.  


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