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Former Saturday Night Live Cast Member Lands A Role In Cybersecurity

Ninjio signs a star voice actor for its upcoming employee training videos

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Northport, N.Y. – Mar. 24, 2020

There’s a new voice in cybersecurity and it belongs to Jon Lovitz, whose voice played Marge Simpson’s prom date, plus numerous other appearances on The Simpsons, the animated comedy with a huge fan base.

Cybercrime Magazine caught up with Zack Schuler, founder of Ninjio, at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last month. Ninjio provides a cybersecurity awareness training platform that uses engaging, 3- to 4-minute Hollywood-style micro-learning videos, to empower individuals and organizations to become defenders against cyberthreats.

Schuler told our CSO, Scott Schober, that Lovitz will be one of the primary voice actors for Ninjio’s upcoming and future training episodes.

Ninjio, based in Westlake Village, Calif. — a short drive to Hollywood — has carved out an impressive business in the fast-growing security awareness training market. Since starting up in 2015, they’ve amassed nearly 600 direct customers, plus resellers, and their content is delivered to over 2,000 organizations worldwide on a monthly basis. 

What sets Ninjio apart from the competition are its own animation studio, writers, and production team. Each one of its episodes is written by a member of the Writers Guild of America who has written and produced a combined total of 72 episodes for CSI: NY and Hawaii Five-0. And now, they’ve got a star voice actor.

Lovitz, 62, is a former Saturday Night Live cast member, from 1985 to 1990. In addition to The Simpsons, his voice has been featured in several films. He has also appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s play, The Dinner Party, and he sang three times at Carnegie Hall. Lovitz has belted out the national anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open.

Ninjio is adding Lovitz to its secret sauce which contains unique animations, distinctive voices, and a dose of humor. The payoff for its customers is that their employees will be engaged and entertained on what can be a dull topic. Users must pay attention in cybersecurity class to get a passing grade. Right now, way too many of them are flunking out.

Schuler says that Ninjio is planning to bring in more celebrities to play the voices of other characters.

Cybercrime Magazine’s audience will be hearing a lot more out of Ninjio over the next year. A new podcast featuring Schuler as our dial-in guest will teach organizations, employees, and families how not to get hacked.

Stay tuned!

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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