Avanan vs. KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Avanan
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Avanan, from Check Point since the August 2021 acquisition, connects security technologies to enterprise cloud applications in order to improve protection of sensitive corporate data and IP. According to the vendor, Avanan's one-click deployment allows customers to deploy a new security solution in seconds. Because it requires no appliance, agent or gateway proxy, Avanan can begin protecting any cloud application immediately, with no effect on users.
$4
per user per month
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Score 9.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
KnowBe4 is a security awareness training and simulated phishing platform used by more than 65,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. The KnowBe4 platform offers multi-language support for the Admin Console and end…
$0.90
per month per seat
Pricing
AvananKnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Editions & Modules
Advanced Anti-Phishing
$4.00
per user per month
Complete Malware Protection
$5.00
per user per month
Full-Suite Protection
$8.00
per user per month
Silver
$0.90
per month per seat
Gold
$1.05
per month per seat
Platinum
$1.20
per month per seat
Diamond
$1.70
per month per seat
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AvananKnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsPrices for fewer than 500 users.There are four subscription levels: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Each level is priced per user with a sliding scale based on number of users. Monthly pricing per seat billed on an annual basis.
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Community Pulse
AvananKnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Considered Both Products
Avanan
Chose Avanan
Comparing Avanan to the competitors listed above, I think Mimecast would be the only real threat to accurately detecting and quarantining phishing and malware attempts as well as ransomware. With the advanced API, Avanan has an extremely high chance of catching things that …
Chose Avanan
We selected Avanan based on compelling evidence and performance. The product simply stands up and does so higher than Mimecast, Barracuda, and other such products with a very reasonable price point. It's the most effective weapon against spammers and phishing that we have used …
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Chose KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Cyren seemed like they would be good, unfortunately they went out of business so I'll never know if we could have used them.
Chose KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
I haven't used Mimecast Awareness Training before but my company left MAT and moved to KnowBe4 and hasn't looked back. From what I was told, the Mimecast solution was lacking in content and quality questions and answers. Now Arctic Wolf just came out with their own Awareness …
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Features
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Secure Email Gateway
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Avanan
8.2
110 Ratings
3% below category average
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
-
Ratings
Anti-malware8.3105 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizability8.4106 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Loss Protection8.394 Ratings00 Ratings
Threat Detection9.2106 Ratings00 Ratings
Sandboxing7.194 Ratings00 Ratings
End-to-End Encryption7.576 Ratings00 Ratings
Management Tools8.6106 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Avanan
-
Ratings
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
8.8
271 Ratings
5% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings9.1239 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.5261 Ratings
Security Awareness Training
Comparison of Security Awareness Training features of Product A and Product B
Avanan
-
Ratings
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
8.4
296 Ratings
1% above category average
Training Content Library00 Ratings8.9293 Ratings
Multilingual Training Content00 Ratings8.3159 Ratings
Training Gamification00 Ratings8.1240 Ratings
Industry-Specific Security Training00 Ratings7.7256 Ratings
Individualized Security Training Plans00 Ratings7.9251 Ratings
Phishing Simulations00 Ratings9.5291 Ratings
Security Reporting00 Ratings8.9285 Ratings
Integration with Security Tech Stack00 Ratings8.0159 Ratings
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User Ratings
AvananKnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(112 ratings)
9.0
(642 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(5 ratings)
9.5
(53 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(33 ratings)
8.6
(161 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(18 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(1 ratings)
8.8
(19 ratings)
Support Rating
9.4
(35 ratings)
9.4
(258 ratings)
In-Person Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(5 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.5
(14 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.4
(21 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.1
(13 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(39 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(7 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.4
(19 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(12 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.6
(15 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.2
(14 ratings)
User Testimonials
AvananKnowBe4 Security Awareness Training
Likelihood to Recommend
Check Point Software Technologies
What it says, it provides. It has the Data leak prevention that is the major help while we have to deal with lot of clients at a time. It has the Secure Click that checks any embedded hyperlink so that when we work on emails we don't have to worry about the hidden security threats inside a email.
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KnowBe4
This is a very appropriate training system for a school district. We have the ability to add or remove the number of required training. Originally, we scheduled 4 modules per year, but we reduced it to 2 per year, because teachers shared they felt it was too much, originally.
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Pros
Check Point Software Technologies
  • The dashboard for Avanan makes all of the most important information easy to digest.
  • Alerting - specifically, the Geo-Location alerts allow us to see if a user has possibly been compromised.
  • The End-User Email Quarantine experience gives users the ability to request emails be released, which trains them to better spot legitimate emails.
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KnowBe4
  • Real World Examples - Many of the training modules show Kevin Mitnick actually gaining access to a machine showing how one click can allow a malicious actor access to a machine or network.
  • Up-to-Date content - They are always adding new training and phishing examples.
  • The ability to schedule training and phishing tests.
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Cons
Check Point Software Technologies
  • I only ever had one complaint, we had a few hiccups during the setup process. We have now been a customer for two years and have had no further issues. It is likely that the setup pain points have now been resolved as well. Overall the product does what it claims while providing a very intuitive interface.
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KnowBe4
  • Uploading your own SCORM content can be problematic with what seem like arbitrary restrictions (e.g. file size, quiz word count, etc.)
  • Content that once was available at our level was taken away so that they could repackage it as a new "product" for an additional cost. They should have grandfathered in existing clients.
  • Reporting capabilities (key for compliance artifacts) should be better designed with flexibility for users to present content in a manner suited to their specific circumstances
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Likelihood to Renew
Check Point Software Technologies
Cost, need to make sure the cost is competitive for how many users are using email protection as we move users to MS Teams and don't rely so much on full access to email accounts (both sending and receiving internal and external).
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KnowBe4
Between the ease of use, cost effectiveness, functionality and continued improvements Knowbe4 continues to make it would be pretty hard to find another competitive product that wraps it all up like KnowBe4 has. Not saying it couldn't happen, but haven't seen anything that competes at this point.
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Usability
Check Point Software Technologies
The end-users love not having their inboxes fill up with extra useless emails. As an administrator, it is simple to implement and maintain. The ability to put something into test mode before going live makes our life a lot easier and less stressful. Avanan has many different components to make your life easier.
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KnowBe4
KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training is simple to use, simple to administer, effective, with quality content. It is easy to take the training and we have the reminders set so that the longer a user puts the training off, the more frequently they will receive reminder emails. Eventually they get emailed every day until they take the training. But with a simple click, they can get into the training content.
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Reliability and Availability
Check Point Software Technologies
Always been available as needed.
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KnowBe4
There have only been a handful of outages in the 2 years we have had the product. Even during those instances, parts of the system were still operational
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Performance
Check Point Software Technologies
It's not all the time, on occasion the platform can delay email by seven to ten minutes.
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KnowBe4
Pages load quickly, filter/sort quickly, and don't slow down or freeze. Everything is smooth and very easy to use. There are a places in the UI where you can forget how to get there, but other than that everything is great. We have had no issues using any part of the website.
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Support Rating
Check Point Software Technologies
Support has always been there for me, they take on suggestions and product improvements quite seriously. I've spoken to techs and you can tell that they care about the product and the service in which they deliver. Avanan support is always responsive in everything I throw them and in most cases they don't tell me how to build out a widget or custom query, they actually do it for me and send it to me.
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KnowBe4
Tech prod support is great! I did have to ask for a new customer success rep, needed a more experienced person to match my 12 years of experience running Cybersec training programs. Would suggest that more matching of rep level of knowledge to client level knowledge would help.
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In-Person Training
Check Point Software Technologies
There was no in person training.
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KnowBe4
Helpful and knowledgeable account managers have helped us navigate and use the system to our full potential
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Online Training
Check Point Software Technologies
Takes a lot to get a 10 out of 10.
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KnowBe4
confusing question. I inherited this application so I didnt get any formal training other than the person who was leaving. The CSM provided some later on when I asked in a zoom call
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Implementation Rating
Check Point Software Technologies
Ensure system administration and exchange admin are up to speed on Avanan
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KnowBe4
The implementation went really well and KnowBe4 was there the whole time on setup to make sure things were setup correctly. The only thing we had to figure out on our own was to script users automatically being added to security groups. So that when they sync to knowBe4 from AD they are placed into the same/correct groups.
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Alternatives Considered
Check Point Software Technologies
Avanan has a one-click solution, which subscribers or clients use to deploy a new security update. Further, Avanan has the protection of any cloud application, which means, it bypasses any security threat and maintain the set safety processes. Finally, data leakage is a shield that Avanan has deployed, a very smooth process in the firm.
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KnowBe4
KnowBe4 integrates seamlessly with Drata to monitor security compliance. It is possible to chose which training campaigns are mandatory to consider the security awareness training control passed. The integration is easy to configure and works with complex scenarios (optional and mandatory training campaings, different progress status per each employee, etc.).
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Check Point Software Technologies
No answers on this topic
KnowBe4
It's kind of expensive compared to other products on the market although I think this product is likely better than those other products it 3 times better? I think not.
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Scalability
Check Point Software Technologies
It does what they claim and then some.
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KnowBe4
The product scales greatly. As long as you upgrade the license to support the number of users you are needing, adding in those new users is easy. Also getting those users set up with trainings/campaigns is very easy as well
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Professional Services
Check Point Software Technologies
No answers on this topic
KnowBe4
The team was great to work with and took their time to ensure that we knew what we were doing with the product and that it was set up to meet the specific needs of our organization. This wasn't just a cookie-cutter deployment, but rather they focused specifically on our needs.
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Return on Investment
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Improved risk mitigation by providing additional layer protection for M365.
  • Easy to setup and configure. No expert knowledge required and no downtime required.
  • Customizable license count. No need to buy the same number of mailbox users if you really don't want to protect some unused mailboxes.
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KnowBe4
  • The smart group feature has provided us insight to users who continually fail phishing simulations and allows automatic training assignment. This has greatly reduced our technician's time spent inside the service, allowing them to focus on more important projects.
  • After switching to KnowBe4, for Cybersecurity training, our business has seen an increase of more than 20% participation in training.
  • I can't say enough about the Cybersecurity Assessment feature, which informs us of end-user weaknesses and strengths. Knowing where the company is strong and weak allows us to adjust training and system configurations, keeping the business more secure.
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ScreenShots

Avanan Screenshots

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KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training Screenshots

Screenshot of The Phishing and Training Dashboard 
Displays how end users are doing at-a-glance and in comparison to peers across industries with Industry Benchmarking.Screenshot of Virtual Risk Officer™.
The Virtual Risk Officer functionality helps identify risk to support data-driven decisions about a security awareness plan.Screenshot of Advanced Reporting
A Collection of 60+ Built-in Advanced Reports that Provide Holistic View of Over Time. Executive and enterprise-level reporting gives visibility into an organization’s security awareness performance with insights into correlated training and phishing simulation data over any specified period of time.Screenshot of Engaging, Browser-based Training
KnowBe4’s learner experience offers optional gamification, in the form of leaderboards and badges, so users will be incentivized and motivated to take their assigned training.Screenshot of Library of security awareness training content. KnowBe4’s partners with The Security Awareness Company, Popcorn Training, exploqii, Canada Privacy Training, Twist & Shout,  El Pescador, CLTRe, Saya University, lawpilots, and MediaPRO.