May 12, 2016

Online Dating and Security: Cybercriminal seeks honest, wealthy partner who loves email attachments and Western Union

By | May 12th, 2016|Ask The Experts, Security & Pop Culture|

Meet Bob. Bob likes movies on rainy days. Camping in the fall. And long, romantic walks on the beach. Bob just sent you a message, “Hey there. I saw your profile and I think we have a lot in common. Take a look at my profile and let’s talk!” Sure [...]

Mar 03, 2016

Snapchat Falls Victim to Phishing Scam, Compromises Employees’ Identities

By | March 3rd, 2016|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

Snapchat, a mobile video app known for self-destructing messages, self-destructed with a security breach last Friday. According to their February 28th blog entry: “Snapchat’s payroll department was targeted by an isolated email phishing scam in which a scammer impersonated our Chief Executive Officer and asked for employee payroll information.” Details [...]

Jan 27, 2016

Supernatural Security

By | January 27th, 2016|Security & Pop Culture|

Supernatural is a long running TV series about two brothers that fight supernatural creatures. There is a fan theory that Supernatural has a picture or gif for everything. Let’s test that theory!     Social Engineering: Social engineering is hacking the human. A criminal uses lies and manipulation to their [...]

Dec 17, 2015

The Death Star’s Single Point of Failure

By | December 17th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

The Death Star was designed to be the ultimate weapon; virtually indestructible. Surely, no one would figure out how to blow it up from a tiny little exhaust port. This thermal exhaust port is the perfect example of a Single Point of Failure.   A Single Point of Failure is [...]

Dec 10, 2015

Palpatine: The Insider Threat

By | December 10th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

#spoilers (If you haven’t seen them by now, I don’t know what to do with you.)   Episode I: We all know that politicians are evil, manipulative, scum bags. Well, most of them are, but Palpatine takes it to a whole new level with his machinations. Palpatine is what we [...]

Dec 02, 2015

Looking for Security in Alderaan Places

By | December 2nd, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… The Galactic Empire had some serious security flaws. The Rebel Alliance went to great lengths to exploit those flaws. Don’t be the Empire; learn from the Empire’s mistakes. (Not because they are bad, but because they had poor security.) Episode [...]

Oct 15, 2015

3 Security Awareness Life Lessons from New Hacker Show, Mr. Robot

By | October 15th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness 101|

If you haven’t been watching Mr. Robot, you should. The season just ended and it’s a perfect time to catch up, not only because it’s like the best new show on television, but it can teach you a few things about how hackers and social engineers think and keep you [...]

Sep 21, 2015

Security and Pop Culture: What Disney Can Teach Us About Security Awareness Training Programs

By | September 21st, 2015|Launching SA Programs, Managing SA Programs, Planning SA Programs, Security & Pop Culture|

  Who says you can’t learn things from kids’ movies? Disney movies are full of great lessons about life and love and friendship. But did you know that some of our favorite Disney movies can teach you a thing or two about running a successful security awareness program? No? Well, [...]

Aug 14, 2015

Security & Pop Culture: An Important Security Awareness Lesson from Ron Swanson

By | August 14th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture|

The great Ron Swanson has said some truly quotable things in his 7 year existence on Parks and Recreation. His anti-government one-liners and monotonous missives on manliness have sent fans into giggle fits. There are tumblers dedicated to this man and his mustache. And while it’s hard to pick the [...]

Jun 17, 2015

Security and Pop Culture: InfoSec Taylor Swift

By | June 17th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture|

How do you make people care about security? By making it personal or entertaining. And a couple Twitter accounts have definitely jumped on the “entertainment” bandwagon, and one of our favorites is InfoSec Taylor Swift. @SwiftOnSecurity mixes everything people love about T-Swizzle with information security humor and the account is [...]

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