Sep 08, 2015

5 Ways to get user buy-in & participation in your Cyber Security Awareness Program

By | September 8th, 2015|Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Tips and Tricks|

Sometimes it’s tough to get users to participate in your information security awareness program. Employees don’t want MORE work thrust upon them, even if it is something that will help them be better at their jobs (and help protect their families at home)! So you, the project manager for the [...]

Aug 18, 2015

How to get more user participation: Bribe Your Users

By | August 18th, 2015|Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs|

This post comes to you from our Creative Director, Ashley Schwartau.   During the first week of my freshman year in college, Citibank set up a table outside of the cafeteria with peppy marketing folks cajoling students to sign up for a credit card. “Sign up today and get a [...]

Feb 06, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Increase Cyber Security Measures at Your Organization

By | February 6th, 2015|Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

Someone recently asked us what kinds of changes corporations need to implement in terms of cyber security counter measures. This seems like a loaded question, but our answers are simple -- focus on people, focus on the human element. Below are two non-technical suggestions that any organization, of any size [...]

Oct 17, 2014

How to Make Your Security Awareness Program Fail: ISSA International 2014

By | October 17th, 2014|Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs, Security Awareness Fails, Winn Schwartau|

How to Make a Security Awareness Program… FAIL! Ready for some free advice? This information is pulled from a talk that our founder will be giving at next week's International ISSA Conference in Orlando.    Winn Schwartau: Security, Privacy, Infowar, and Cyber-Terrorism Expert Are you ready for a wake-up call? [...]

Aug 08, 2014

Ask The Experts: How Do I Make An Effective Security Awareness Program

By | August 8th, 2014|Ask The Experts, Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

We've been in this business for a LONG time. A LONG time. Like twenty years long. So that means we've seen a wide range of security awareness programs - from the lame and boring to the totally rockin' campaigns that manage to change their users' behavior. We've seen companies with [...]

Sep 13, 2013

Marketing Rule of 7: Getting your Awareness Message Across

By | September 13th, 2013|Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

Security awareness is just like marketing and advertising. You've got to repeat your message numerous times to get it to stick in your users' minds. The more times an idea is repeated, the more likely I am to remember it. Advertising companies use this idea of repetition in marketing campaigns [...]

Sep 10, 2013

The Top 5 Elements of a Successful Awareness Program

By | September 10th, 2013|Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

Security Awareness Programs are a valuable part of every company’s security strategy. Security Awareness Programs are also abysmal failures and a waste of resources. To see how to make your security awareness program FAIL! watch this short video.   But how you make one succeed? My Top 5 tips are: [...]

Aug 08, 2013

Awareness works, IF you’re realistic and persistent

By | August 8th, 2013|Guest Post, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs|

The following is a guest post from our longtime friend and colleage Stephen Cobb, Senior Security Researcher for ESET. There is one statement that I’ve heard from information security professionals that annoys me no end: “We tried security awareness and it didn’t work.” When I hear that I want to [...]

May 15, 2013

Security Awareness FAIL: #1

By | May 15th, 2013|Managing SA Programs, Security Awareness Fails|

Let me count the ways... I am 10000% confident, beyond any doubt, that security awareness can be an epic fail. Yet, if we can exploit to the devices we already have at our disposal, security awareness is a boon for any company's security efforts. But let's get back to how [...]

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