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).
Nov 30, 2018

Incident Response in 3 Domains

By | November 30th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Managing SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

Taking a tiered or layered approach is one of the best strategies for handling the many challenges of cybersecurity. That’s why we created the Domains Triad, which breaks down security into three parts: Cyber, Physical, and People. Similar to how the CIA Triad provides a compartmentalized view of how to [...]

Nov 15, 2018

How the NIST Framework Improves Your Organization’s Cybersecurity

By | November 15th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness Programs|

Initially developed for critical infrastructure, the National Institute of Standards and Technology established a framework for improving cybersecurity, now referred to simply as NIST CSF. At the core of the framework exists five functions, and 22 categories within those five functions, which have become the standard for many organizations worldwide. [...]

Nov 09, 2018

Monthly Newsletters: The Ultimate Reinforcement for Your Awareness Program

By | November 9th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Managing SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

If you’ve hung around this blog long enough, you know that we strongly endorse continuous learning and microlearning for training employees. Those two strategies provide proven, successful ways to educate, and monthly newsletters take advantage of both of them. The former refers to a cycle of education that repeats itself [...]

Nov 01, 2018

Top-5 Ways to Ensure a Successful Awareness Program

By | November 1st, 2018|Ask The Experts, Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Programs|

The way your employees grasp and process the information you give them will determine the success of your security awareness program. To oversimplify what that means: boring, long-winded, overly complicated programs will likely fail. Conversely, bright, entertaining, inclusive programs tailored to your user-base will likely succeed. What follows are five [...]

Oct 11, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

By | October 11th, 2018|Ask The Experts|

The second week of NCSAM is themed around promoting careers in the cybersecurity industry and spreading awareness that, year after year, thousands of positions remain vacant. From CISOs to IT professionals, the world needs motivated individuals capable of leading the charge in the battle against cybercrime. Whether you’re a student [...]

Sep 27, 2018

How to Protect Your Family from Mail Fraud

By | September 27th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101, Tips and Tricks|

Most of us know to ignore those email scams that offer life-changing sums of money for a little investment up front. But what about the scams that get delivered right to your front step? From phony job offers to fake sweepstakes, mail fraud plays all the same notes as phishing [...]

Aug 09, 2018

Why Clickbait is Dangerous and What You Can Do About It

By | August 9th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness 101|

This Couple Stopped Drinking Tap Water for a Year: The Results Will Shock You! A distant relative to spam, clickbait has long plagued social media sites and search engines. The ever-important “click” generates more value than the actual content hidden behind the headline. Most of this is the direct [...]

Jul 12, 2018

Pretexting and the Psychology of a Scam

By | July 12th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Managing SA Programs, Security Awareness 101|

Social engineering–the use of psychological manipulation to gain and abuse the trust of humans. Social engineers have long taken advantage of human emotions. It’s how they’re able to convince people to divulge sensitive information or provide access to controlled areas of buildings and offices. The tactics that scammers use have been [...]

Jun 28, 2018

Festival Security Infographic

By | June 28th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101, Tips and Tricks|

Summer ushers in a variety of wonderful festivals, outdoor events, and celebrations. From beer, food, and wine, to music, arts, and crafts, the warm months offer something for everyone. But public gatherings also come with safety hazards, especially if the event takes place outside in the peak of summer heat. [...]

Jun 14, 2018

How to Prevent Cyberbullying

By | June 14th, 2018|Ask The Experts, Kids and Security, Tips and Tricks|

Cyberbullying presents a tough challenge for parents and kids alike. Young people spend a lot of time on social media sites and various chat apps, both of which offer common ground for cyberbullies. Unlike physical bullying, it’s difficult for parents to identify when their child might be a victim, especially [...]

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