Blackstone Makes Investment in Secure Mentem

Secure Mentem to launch Security Awareness as a Service
to improve employee security behavior

New York, NY and Annapolis, MD, September 10, 2013. Secure Mentem, an industry leader in the human aspects of cyber security, today announced a strategic investment from Blackstone (NYSE:BX), a leading asset management and advisory firm, to help the company launch Security Awareness as a Service. The service provides a turnkey, comprehensive security awareness program, tailored to diverse corporate cultures, in order to change employee security behaviors.

Secure Mentem also announced their National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM) Support Package, which provides a comprehensive security awareness program for organizations during October 2013.

“With more than 700,000 employees within our portfolio companies, Blackstone recognizes that security awareness is a top priority. Secure Mentem’s unique ability to deliver Security Awareness as a Service provides a clear and practical business value,” said Jay Leek, Chief Information Security Officer for Blackstone.  “Secure Mentem combines decades of experience and research to deliver a scalable and effective awareness program.”

“Blackstone’s investment is a validation of our core belief that there is a market beyond “Check the Box” security training. Security Awareness is about changing security related behaviors, while enabling business,” said Ira Winkler, CEO of Secure Mentem. “We’ve applied decades of experience, while investing in extensive research to determine how to create strong security cultures. Blackstone’s support and resources will allow us to invest in further research and patents, while ensuring our programs become more valuable for our customers.”

About Blackstone 
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our alternative asset management businesses include the management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, credit-focused funds and closed-end funds. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at Follow us on Twitter @Blackstone.

About Secure Mentem

Secure Mentem focuses on security awareness related services. Founded by world-renowned experts in the human aspects of security, Secure Mentem integrates their ongoing research efforts into delivering world-class awareness, social engineering, and related security services. Secure Mentem is dedicated to changing employee security behaviors by addressing all aspects of human security, and provides both custom services as well as the flagship on demand Security Awareness as a Service solution. More information is available at Follow us on Twitter @SecureMentem.

Blackstone Contact: 
Oriane Schwartzman
Public Affairs
212 390 2250
[email protected]

Secure Mentem Contact:
Stephen Grutzius
480 773 0829
[email protected]