About Justin Bonnema

Justin left the music business to focus on his true passion: writing. A talented writer and detailed researcher, he’s involved in every department here at SAC to make sure all content is fresh and up-to-date. In his spare time, Justin writes about fantasy football for FootballGuys.com and practices mixology (he makes a mean margarita).
Feb 16, 2017

The Benefits Of Microlearning In Security Awareness

By | February 16th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Formal learning has long been the bedrock of school systems worldwide. We go to class. A teacher presents the information. We are then tested on that information. It’s a scheduled, systematic way of educating. This is also the way most security awareness programs are designed. Users take a course or [...]

Feb 07, 2017

VIZIO Settles Lawsuit; Privacy Concerns Remain

By | February 7th, 2017|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness 101|

TV manufacturer VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million in a settlement with the FTC regarding the improper use of customer data—which is a nice way of saying they have been stealing and selling your information to advertisers: “According to the agencies’ complaint, starting in February 2014, VIZIO, Inc. and an [...]

Jan 26, 2017

Using Brand Awareness To Improve Your Awareness Program

By | January 26th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Managing SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

When marketing goods or services, every company’s success largely relies on their brand awareness—a measurement of how recognizable their product is to consumers. When we shop, the product we choose is often one we’re familiar with—some combination of name, logo and colors (among others). Being recognizable is a key component [...]

Jan 19, 2017

How Do VPNs Work?

By | January 19th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101|

We talk about VPNs (virtual private networks) a lot and how important they are to information security. But we rarely discuss how they work or what they’re doing. So today, we’re going to dive in a little deeper and attempt to visualize the process to get a better understanding of [...]

Jan 12, 2017

Why You Need An Incident Response Plan

By | January 12th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness Programs|

“It won’t happen to us.” The first step to failure in information security is the assumption that you and your organization are above being compromised. You can buy the best security awareness training in the universe, employ the world’s top IT and network administrators, implement the industry’s cutting edge prevention [...]

Jan 05, 2017

Five Of The Biggest Security Blunders Of 2016 And Making Sure They Don’t Happen To You

By | January 5th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101|

2016 was an extraordinary year for cybercriminals. It seemed like either a massive data breach or a bank heist hit headlines every other day. Will history repeat itself in 2017? That depends on if we bother to learn from these incidents or instead assume they’re outliers. Here at the Security [...]

Dec 15, 2016

Disconnecting For The Holidays

By | December 15th, 2016|Ask The Experts|

One of the things many of us miss about college is the near four-week long holiday break associated with this time of year. Back then (and there’s no need to admit how long ago “back then” might mean) that break provided a mental dump—a disconnection—where classes and homework and social [...]

Dec 08, 2016

The Many Hats of Hackers

By | December 8th, 2016|Ask The Experts, Security & Pop Culture|

Hacker is a buzzword these days, with most news outlets generically plugging the term to describe someone (or some organization) that has hacked someone else (or some other organization). What’s unfair about sweeping generalizations is they often misrepresent the true meaning of the word. After all, it could be that [...]

Nov 30, 2016

Top 10 Cybersecurity Gifts

By | November 30th, 2016|Ask The Experts, Free Stuff|

We’ve all had to fake our way through getting a present we didn’t like or want. The ugly sweater. Socks or underwear. This hideous blue catfish tie. A cheap kitchen appliance that stops working after three tries. The dreaded regift of something you gave someone last year. We should always [...]

Nov 23, 2016

Cyber Monday: Eight Ways To Shop Safely

By | November 23rd, 2016|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101|

Tis the season! We’ve reached the part of the year where we look forward to joining friends and family for holiday celebrations, followed by looking back at the year that was. Black Friday is right around the corner, which is great for those of you courageous enough to manage the [...]

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