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KnowBe4’s John Just Volunteers to Help Struggling Refugees Learn Computer Skills

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Boat Refugee Foundation desperately needs volunteers to help teach computer classes

Tampa Bay, FL, Aug. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KnowBe4, the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced that John Just, the company’s senior vice president of learning innovation has returned from an overseas volunteer trip with the Boat Refugee Foundation. Just volunteered his time in Greece to help teach struggling refugees, whose home countries have been devastated by war, basic computer and advanced English courses and also helped to set up a library at the refugee camp. Just’s efforts were part of the Boat Refugee Foundation’s mission to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable refugees. This organization hosts a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, which is overwhelmed by more than 5,500 people in refugee facilities that are only meant to house 2,000.


 “I am so appreciative to Stu Sjouwerman and my team at KnowBe4 for allowing me to go on this trip to help this wonderful organization. They covered for me for two weeks while I did my part to help others who are truly in need of help,” said Just. “I was struck by the fact many of these people were just average, middle-class people, many of whom had good jobs back in their countries before war interrupted their lives. They were all so thankful for the classes we offered and it was a great experience to work with other passionate people in their fields from all over the world."


The U.N. Refugee Agency reported that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year. The Boat Refugee Foundation provides aid such as medical, education and social support. Volunteers needed for the organization include doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, social workers and interpreters. Those who are able to teach computer skills, especially Linux, are highly desired.


"At KnowBe4, we encourage and support our employees in their efforts to give back to the community," said Erika Lance, SVP, human resources, KnowBe4. "We're proud of John Just for donating his time to this very worthy cause, sharing both his computer and English skills with a community that desperately needs help." 


For more information about the Boat Refugee Foundation or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit https://bootvluchteling.nl/en/.


About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4’s training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Thousands of organizations trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their end-users as the last line of defense.

Number 96 on the 2018 Inc. 500 list, #70 on 2017 Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and #2 in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500. KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida with European offices in England, the Netherlands, Germany and offices in South Africa and Singapore.



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