About Ashley Schwartau

After more than 15 years of working in this industry, she’s finally accepted – and embraced! – the fact that she’s a security awareness expert. She is also a book-loving, travel-blogging, French-speaking Gryffindor who is unapologetically obsessed with her cats.
May 30, 2017

Here I Am: My Unexpected InfoSec Career Path

By | May 30th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Winn Schwartau|

I never expected to work in this industry. Yet here I am. A woman working in infosec. I did not go to school for IT and I had no interest in pursuing a security related career. Yet here I am. Somehow, completely by accident, I have spent the [...]

May 04, 2017

Harry Potter and the Security Prophecy

By | May 4th, 2017|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Programs|

What the Wizarding World Can Teach Us About Security Awareness Programs Today is Star Wars Day so you would expect us to post a Star Wars-themed security blog, but we've actually already talked about the Death Star's Single Point of Failure, major security fails throughout the original series and how [...]

Jan 12, 2017

Use Gamification to Drive Engagement with Monthly Newsletters

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

Monthly newsletters are a wonderful, simple, low-cost method to create a foundation for any security awareness program. They provide a visually-engaging informal learning opportunity that your employees can enjoy at their leisure, and can allow you to create a reference library of a multitude of topics for your users to access [...]

Jun 16, 2016

The Nerds & the Keys: Talking to Your Kids About Safe Infosecs

By | June 16th, 2016|Kids and Security|

I grew up in the 90s, before Facebook and sexting and Snapchat, but there were still plenty of ways to communicate with my friends (oh, the days of away messages on AIM!) and even more ways to get into trouble online. I was too much of a goody two shoes [...]

Jun 02, 2016

Why use awareness artwork in security awareness programs?

By | June 2nd, 2016|Ask The Experts, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

Security awareness is advertising. Think of posters and artwork as your print and magazine campaign; you want your messages to be ingrained into the minds of your users, and the only way to do that is to keep the message forefront in your staff’s minds. If doesn’t matter if that [...]

May 18, 2016

Using Informal Learning to Increase Security Awareness

By | May 18th, 2016|Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Awareness is a form of education. Becoming aware of security threats and solutions is synonymous with learning about those things. The 70/20/10 Model Researchers in the 1980s discovered that there are three kinds of learning: experiential, informal/social, and formal. Most companies spend most of their L&D budgets on the last [...]

May 11, 2016

Selling Security: What Don Draper Can Teach Us About Running an Awesome Awareness Program

By | May 11th, 2016|Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Here at the Security Awareness Company we believe that a successful awareness program must be treated like an advertising and marketing campaign. Your security message needs to be repeated often, in different mediums, creatively and in such a way that it gets ingrained in your users’ heads. How many advertising slogans can you repeat without [...]

Apr 28, 2016

Why is Security Awareness Important?

By | April 28th, 2016|Ask The Experts, Planning SA Programs|

Before we can talk about the importance, we must understand: What do we mean by Security Awareness? The first things that come to mind are probably things like email encryption, strong passwords, avoiding data breaches, avoiding malware, following company policy, etc. We can all probably agree that security awareness is [...]

Apr 23, 2016

#SAGoals: Creating Security Awareness Training for Millennials

By | April 23rd, 2016|Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Today there are 4 generations sharing the workforce, with Millennials holding 1 out of 3 jobs in America. By 2025, more than 75% of the workforce will be made up of Millennials. And you need to know how to train them. The good new is that they are seeking out [...]

Apr 13, 2016

How to Market Your Security Awareness Program

By | April 13th, 2016|Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

Large organizations from around the world - and future clients - come to us with questions about how to best plan, launch and manage their internal security awareness programs — questions about metrics and subject matter, types of content and LMS specifics. But one of the most common questions we [...]

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