Today, Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company announced that it acquired Ataata, Inc., a cybersecurity training and awareness platform designed to reduce human error in the workplace and help organizations become more secure. A team of Pillsbury lawyers led by Northern Virginia partner Steven Kaplan represented Ataata on the deal.

According to Mimecast, the acquisition will allow customers to measure cyber risk training effectiveness by converting behavior observations into actionable risk metrics for security professionals. The addition of security awareness training and risk scoring and analysis strengthens Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities, the company added.

In its press release, Mimecast stated that the acquisition of Ataata will offer customers a single, cloud platform that is engineered to mitigate risk and reduce employee security mistakes by calculating employee security risk based on sentiment and behavior while connecting them with relevant training that is content based on their score and recommended areas for improvement. The solution is designed to allow security teams to dial up security settings at the employee level by leveraging real-world data to train employees to spot threats that are targeting them today.

“As cyberattacks continue to find new ways to bypass traditional threat detection methods, it’s essential to educate your employees in a way that changes behavior,” said Peter Bauer, chief executive officer and founder of Mimecast. “The powerful combination of Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities paired with Ataata’s employee training and risk scoring will help customers enhance their cyber resilience efforts.”

In addition to Kaplan, the Pillsbury team included Howard Clemons, Nora Burke, Andrew Gajkowski, Tom Cho, Justin Krawitz, Ryan Brewer, Danielle Bradley.