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.
Mar 29, 2016

Why Should We Use eLearning?

By | March 29th, 2016|Ask The Experts, Planning SA Programs|

Distance learning is not a new concept. People have been learning subjects, such as drawing or shorthand, via correspondence since the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1920s, a testing machine was invented allowing students to test themselves, a previously unheard-of concept. The first computer-based training emerged in the 1960s at the [...]

Mar 22, 2016

Create a Culture of Learning

By | March 22nd, 2016|Managing SA Programs|

 Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin At its core, security awareness is an education issue. The very idea of becoming aware of something means becoming educated about. If you want to make your users aware, you want to educate [...]

Feb 11, 2016

Why is Interactivity Important?

By | February 11th, 2016|Planning SA Programs|

We encourage our clients to use interactive learning modules and games to engage their users. These are some of the reasons why. Learning is not a transfer of information. Do not rely on weapons of mass instruction! Learning is about engaging emotions and effecting behavior change. It’s a transformation that changes [...]

Jan 29, 2016

Use Video Reinforcements to Increase Awareness

By | January 29th, 2016|Managing SA Programs|

Learners forget 79% of new information within days, so regular reinforcements can improve retention and lead to faster behavior change. Videos are the perfect reinforcement format because we are accustomed to ingesting information visually. The average attention span is not more than 90 seconds, and the most successful YouTube videos [...]

Jan 28, 2016

How to create an effective SAP on a small budget?

By | January 28th, 2016|Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Find free micro learning opportunities. Micro learning is convenient, includes different formats, and gives users more control over their own learning. Micro learning does not replace formal training, such as elearning modules or instructor-led training, but rather supplements it. The most important aspects of micro learning are chunking and delivery [...]

Nov 23, 2015

Build Your Own Security Awareness Program

By | November 23rd, 2015|Planning SA Programs|

Have you been tasked with creating a Security Awareness Program (SAP) for your company? Are you intimidated by starting your own Security Awareness Program from scratch? Don’t be intimidated, because we have created a step-by-step plan for you to follow. Use the graphic below to create your very own custom [...]

Nov 18, 2015

Conversation Starters for Kids Receiving Tech Gifts

By | November 18th, 2015|Kids and Security, Tips and Tricks|

So you’re going for the Parent of the Year Award and getting your kiddo the latest iPad or that new Android phone they’ve been dying for. They’ve been well-behaved all year and nothing beats a new piece of tech as the main holiday present. But before you let that little [...]

Oct 27, 2015

Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

By | October 27th, 2015|Ask The Experts, Kids and Security|

This morning I received an email from a young college grad asking for career advice. How could he land a job in IT now that he was finished with school and ready to conquer the world? I’m flattered and humbled that someone would ask me for career advice. Most days, [...]

Oct 13, 2015

What Teens (and You!) Shouldn’t Post on Social Media

By | October 13th, 2015|Kids and Security, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

In our technology driven world, privacy is getting harder and harder to achieve every day. Once something is posted on the internet, it can never be rescinded, even if it is deleted. Most teenagers (and many adults!) don’t understand the severity of this and the potential damage it could cause. [...]

Oct 07, 2015

5 Traits of a Security Aware Employee

By | October 7th, 2015|Planning SA Programs, Tips and Tricks|

A truly security aware employee.... 1. Knows, understands and follows policy to the letter. Policy exists for a reason: to protect company networks and data. Think about policy like the brakes on a car. The brakes are there not to make you stop but rather to allow you to go [...]

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