KnowBe4 has been granted a patent for a system that notifies users about specific actions taken on phishing emails, giving users control to confirm or revert actions. The method involves pausing actions, providing prompts for user confirmation, and resuming actions based on user response. GlobalData’s report on KnowBe4 gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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User-controlled phishing email action confirmation system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: KnowBe4 Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11930028B2) discloses a method and system for enhancing cybersecurity by providing training prompts to users when taking actions within applications with respect to domains. The method involves intercepting user requests, pausing the application, presenting a prompt for training and confirmation, and resuming the application upon user confirmation. The prompt may include reminders of phishing communication training and highlight security threats encountered during training. Users may be required to complete training modules before accessing certain domains, and interaction with the prompt may lead to redirection to different domains for further training.

The system, as described in the patent, includes processors coupled to memory to carry out the method steps. It provides a user interface for training prompts, reminders of training aspects, and highlighting security threats. Access to domains may be restricted until users complete training modules, and interaction with prompts can lead to application reversion or continuation based on user confirmation. The system aims to improve cybersecurity by educating users on potential threats and ensuring they make informed decisions when interacting with applications in trusted or untrusted domains. The prompt, typically in the form of a pop-up message, serves as a valuable tool in enhancing user awareness and response to security risks within applications.

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