When thinking about Security Awareness Training, KnowBe4 is one of the names that inevitably comes to the forefront of most people’s minds. KnowBe4 was founded in 2010 by Stu Sjouwerman to help employees learn about cybersecurity. At the time of it’s creation KnowBe4’s phishing template library and having Kevin Mitnick on board made it an industry leader, but the world has changed a LOT since 2010.
When KnowBe4 was founded the vast majority of people still went into the office every day. Most business communication was done over email instead of Slack or Teams. Tools companies used were installed as software on a device instead of the cloud-based SaaS model that’s dominant today.
Now remote/hybrid is the new normal way of working and off-premise security is more important than securing a job site. SaaS applications where you can log in from anywhere have increased flexibility and productivity, but also introduce new risks. There are hundreds of competing security awareness vendors looking to capitalize on the opportunities created by the increase in cyber threats, including Haekka!
When deciding which security awareness training program to buy, it can be helpful to compare two competing offerings head to head. Given KnowBe4’s market dominance, we thought we’d start by comparing Haekka’s Slack-based platform with KnowBe4’s offering.
Lets elaborate more on the features in the table.
When we created Haekka we did it to help make the world a safer place by ensuring employees have the knowledge necessary to prevent cybercrime. That’s why we made our Security Awareness Training completely free for all organizations of any size with no cap on the number of licenses available. Spreading awareness is the best way to secure an organization and we don’t want to lock security awareness behind a paywall.
KnowBe4’s flagship content (Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training) is locked behind a paywall. Although people can see a preview of the content on KnowBe4’s website, the entire training is not available without payment.
This is Haekka’s biggest selling point and what makes us different from other training providers. Haekka’s training is delivered entirely within Slack (with a web option available). This reduces training time, increases knowledge retention, and makes administrating training a breeze. It’s as simple as installing a Slack app! There's no need to switch around different applications when Haekka meets employees where they already work.
KnowBe4 does not have any Slack integrations outside of pushing notifications to Slack.
Haekka ships with several HRIS integrations built in including Gusto and Workday (with several others in the works). These integrations enable companies to automatically assign new employees training when they are added to the organization’s HRIS database.
KnowBe4 does not have any HRIS integrations without using a third-party tool like Zapier.
Both Haekka and KnowBe4 have training for various forms of regulatory compliance included in their libraries.
Haekka’s Security Awareness Training was written with the explicit purpose of securing remote/hybrid employees in a post-covid world. Haekka’s co-founders understood that cloud software is now where the majority of work is done and have tailored the content to focus on modern security. Haekka’s content library includes training on using Slack, Google Workspace, and several other SaaS apps in a secure and compliant manner. Haekka’s content library continues to grow, and every training in the catalog has been vetted for quality.
KnowBe4’s content is outdated and was written when work was done differently. Although they boast one of the largest content libraries available, the vast majority of their content is fluff/spam. For example searching “passwords” returns 66 different courses, making choosing the right training a burdensome process. KnowBe4 does not have SaaS specific training and does emphasize remote/hybrid work.
When you schedule a demo with one of our founders, you get the full Haekka experience. That includes our full Slack functionality, access to our entire course catalog, the ability to write your own content, and every other feature Haekka offers. You can even install Haekka for yourself and test out its features on your own time if you feel like it.
KnowBe4’s “free trial” only includes free phishing tests and the ability the see their mod store content library. There’s no way to install the complete package yourself and test it the way you see fit. If you are a believer in “try before you buy”, Haekka is the way to go.
This is the one feature where Haekka is worse or better depending on your interpretation. Haekka does not offer phishing simulations and does not plan to in the near future. We believe that phishing simulations punish people for making mistakes and damage a culture of trust. People that receive punitive phishing emails from within their company may be less likely to report actual threats to management due to fear of retaliation.
KnowBe4 is one of the industry-leading phishing simulation providers with an extremely large library of different email templates. If you want to emphasize “gotcha” emails instead of properly educating your employees then KnowBe4 might be the choice for you.
Haekka and KnowBe4 are both great tools to improve your company’s security posture. We hope this list helps you decide which product you ultimately want to go with. If you want any more information about Haekka, feel free to contact our founders here!