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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wombat Security awarded $750,000 SBIR grant

Wombat Security Technologies is being tapped by the U.S. Air Force to develop a game platform for cyber security training.

The Carnegie Mellon University spin-out was awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant by the Air Force as a phase II grant. Under the agreement, the company will also supply the Department of Defense with one of its existing games, Anti-Phishing Phyllis.

Until now, the company designs games that are aimed at educating workers on how to recognize phishing scams, or e-mails that try to trick a reader into giving up personal or company information. With the contract, the company will move into other areas of training.

“Today, Wombat Security Technologies offers the most comprehensive and effective suite of anti-phishing training solutions,” said Jason Hong, co-founder and chief technology officer of the company. “With this platform, Wombat is moving beyond phishing and expects to firmly establish itself as the global leader in cyber security training and awareness.”

The company has found that the games are a more engaging and effective way to train employees than the more mundane materials traditionally used, such as memos and PowerPoint presentations.

By working with the government, the company will be able to develop more products that can also be used in the private sector, said Norman Sadeh, co-founder and CEO of Wombat.

“The platform will help both government and private sector organizations keep up with the rapidly growing number of cyber security threats that take advantage of end-use vulnerabilities,” he said.

The company was founded by Hong, Sadeh and Lorrie Cranor, who are all three CMU professors from the School of Computer Science.

Article Courtesy of Pittsburgh Business Times