Global IT Security Organization KnowBe4 Establishes Research Centre in Oslo

(Oslo, Norway – March 24, 2021) — KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced the establishment of its own research centre in Oslo, Norway, under the leadership of Kai Roer.

When the Norwegian data security company CLTRe was acquired by KnowBe4 in 2019, it became the division within KnowBe4 that was responsible for analysing security culture. The focus on crafting original research from KnowBe4 is being reinforced.

“Research related to security awareness and culture and other areas within the cybersecurity industry are important areas of focus for KnowBe4,” said KnowBe4’s CEO Stu Sjouwerman “I have appointed Kai Roer as managing director of KnowBe4 Research because of his extensive experience in security culture research. Since he already manages our Oslo operations, we have decided to locate and develop our research arm there as well.”.

KnowBe4 is used by more than 35,000 organizations around the globe. In 2019, KnowBe4 acquired the Norwegian company CLTRe, which specialised in research on security culture. Kai Roer was CLTRe’s founder and CEO, and has now been appointed managing director of KnowBe4 Research.

Research collaboration

The research centre works to the benefit of the entire IT security sector.

“Our task is to research security awareness, behaviour and culture. Our objective is to identify what is needed to improve security by reducing the risk that people bring to an organisation,” explains Roer.  

The plan is to double the number of employees in Oslo by the end of 2021.

“We already work closely with universities and aim to establish additional research partnerships with academic institutions around the world. Cybercriminals are getting more and more skilled at finding ways to harm private individuals and commercial enterprises. And they don’t care about national borders.” said Roer.

For more information on KnowBe4 Research, visit https://get.clt.re/.

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 35,000 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. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as the last line of defense.