Who is the Security Awareness Company?

The Security Awareness Company (SAC) has provided organizations with dynamic security awareness training materials on an international scale since 1991 when we were founded by visionary information security pioneer, Winn Schwartau.

We create successful cyber security awareness training programs (including compliance standards such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS) for companies of all sizes. Our products are different from other security companies, because our engaging content is specifically designed to transform your end-users into human firewalls.

We are passionate about the importance of cyber security awareness and educating people to become good digital citizens. Your organization simply cannot afford to limit company security training to boring annual PowerPoint presentations or dry modules that no one absorbs. Let us help you implement a program that will actually change your users’ behavior for the long-term!

Security Awareness is Our Passion

Knowing that information security can quickly overwhelm the average user, we produce content – written by cyber security professionals – that is easy to retain and instantly applicable to daily life. We understand that you can’t change someone’s behavior without changing their mindset; our visionary approach is to treat security awareness as a marketing campaign for maximum success:

  1. Create training moments at frequent intervals.
  2. Repeatedly restate the same key awareness messages in new ways.
  3. Make the messages relevant to the users’ everyday life and use real examples.
  4. Draw on modern trends to grab attention and to make learning fun.

In addition to helping our clients, we also utilize our creativity and technical know-how in order to fully serve the global community of users as a whole. Throughout the year, we share cyber awareness advice shoulder-to-shoulder with information security giants and speak at events to promote the importance of training end-users effectively.

We also regularly update a full archive of FREE security awareness training materials (many items starring our beloved mascot, Security Cat!) and our security awareness blog.

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Accolades from Clients

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with The Security Awareness Company. Your professionalism and work are fantastic. The newsletter continues to get RAVE reviews here. I can’t tell you how many emails and or phone calls I get every time I launch one. ALL positive!! Even our CEO has commented on it on numerous occasions. Trust me if I am ever again in the need for a Cyber Security Newsletter Program I know exactly where to go to.”

– Medical Supply Distributor

“These videos rock, I am really impressed. Thanks for your hard work and support.”

– Global Electronics Distributor

“From us: ‘best so far!!!’ I typically get some hallway comments regarding [your content], but for this issue many of my staff are taking the time to email me saying ‘great newsletter.’ You definitely struck a positive chord on this one, great job!”

– Finance Sector, NYC

“LOVE THIS ISSUE! I’ve even overhead ‘bathroom stall chatter’ encouraging others to read this one!”

– National Finance Institution

“You guys are the best in the business!”

– Compliance Training Reseller

“As always, your content is informative, entertaining, and our people are actually viewing it regularly!”

– Government Energy Research Agency

“Security awareness is a dry as dust topic to the typical end user. We have struggled in the past getting people to read and assimilate security tips, policies, concepts, etc. The SAC newsletter is thoughtfully designed, fresh each month, timely, and easily understandable by our folks with varying degrees of technical understanding. We’ve managed to turn a ‘roll your eyes back in your head’ topic into a monthly event our employees wait for AND share with their family. Thank you SAC.”

– Nationally-Known Credit Union

“Very entertaining. This must be very difficult, alerting to possible issues/problems without numbing the user into a frame of mind that says, ‘Too hard, I’m going to do nothing.’ Really, ya’ll have been superb. Thanks.”

– US Military Agency

“Our organization has partnered with The Security Awareness Company for nearly 2 years. The momentum of education and awareness has expanded beyond Information Security to Privacy, Physical Security and Operations. Their creativity and willingness to work with us for custom media and training has improved participation greatly. The momentum continues and so does our partnership. We are very grateful for The Security Awareness Company.”

– Global Well-Being Company

What’s it like to work with us?

We are a small, customer service-oriented boutique and cater to both small businesses and global enterprises. We strive to give all of our clients one-on-one attention in order to deliver the best awareness program possible for their organizations.

While we can never promise 24-hour turnaround, our production team delivers high-quality work efficiently and usually ahead of schedule. Some tasks can be delivered in as little as 3 business days, but depending upon complexity can extend to several weeks. Let us know how we can assist you in all things Security Awareness! 🙂

  • Creating branding templates
  • Branding requested materials
  • Preparing off-the-shelf materials
  • Developing custom launch videos
  • Designing branding LMS portal
  • Editing materials with custom requests
  • Developing custom training materials
  • Presidents Day
  • 4-day weekends for Labor Day, Independence Day, & Memorial Day
  • Wed – Fri of the week of Thanksgiving
  • Last 2 weeks of December

We respond to email during normal business hours with the exception of the U.S. holidays & dates listed, during which we will be closed. Please be patient with us as we want to serve all of our clients equally and exceed everyone’s expectations, while giving our hard-working production team plenty of time to rest and refresh their creativity!

We don’t advocate launching security awareness programs in January, October, or December. The beginning of the year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the holiday season provide too many distractions for users to engage with something else new. Pick a surprising month, something unexpected and that you can “own” in order to get the best results.

Meet the Key Players of Our Awesome Team

<strong>Winn Schwartau</strong>
Winn SchwartauChairman & Founder
Winn is one of the world’s top experts on security, privacy, infowar and cyber-terrorism, authoring more than 12 security books and the recipient of a host of industry recognitions. Winn likes to get his hands dirty, so to speak, often getting directly involved with many of our clients’ projects. He writes much of the content used in our e-learning modules, videos and monthly newsletters, all the while traveling the world and sharing his decades of knowledge at conferences.

👉 Winn’s Blog Posts

Fun Facts: Born and bred in Manhattan, Winn didn’t start out in infosec; in fact, his early days were spent as a mixing engineer in the rock n’ roll heyday of the 1970s.
Bob and Winn go back for eons, both coming from the professional audio industry. Bob has coordinated some of the most complex audio/video facilities in the world and now brings an insane amount of production management skills to SAC.
Fun Facts: Bob used to consult the FBI on audio forensics for super high profile cases and was the engineer on records for Ronnie Milsap, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton John and many more.
Ashley oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, with an emphasis on direction of creative development and production. Her background in digital media, video editing, graphic design, and storytelling helps her direct SAC’s unique approach to creating compelling security awareness materials. She manages all departments of the production team, and often interfaces directly with clients as they build their awareness programs. A total nerd about education, awareness and security, Ashley is always brainstorming new ways to keep security awareness fresh and fun.
Fun Facts: Ashley is a book-loving, travel-blogging, French-speaking Gryffindor who is unapologetically obsessed with her cats.
JaneDirector of Partnership Development
With years of experience in the information security industry (including working for a SAC partner), Jane’s unique skillset and perspective allow her to cultivate our partner relationships. She brings creativity, energy, and professionalism to work with her every single day. Her knowledge and “can do” attitude make her an asset not only to SAC. but to the companies we partner with as well.
Fun Facts: Jane took a semester off college to study at a private art school in Kentucky under the direction of Mike Skop who completed his graduate studies under the famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic, a pupil of Auguste Rodin. Jane is a “Thinker.”
KayleyDirector of Digital Strategy
Kayley started out with us as our go-to web guru and creative geek. Now she manages the digital strategy department, which includes both the marketing and web development teams. Under her leadership, we continue to expand our visionary capabilities on the web and develop marketing strategies that keep us current, helping us reach more people who might benefit from our message. Her heart lies with bringing cybersecurity education & awareness to kids so that the next generations will be more cyber-savvy digital citizens.

👉 Kayley’s Blog Posts

Fun Facts: A classically trained painter and lifelong “weird girl,” Kayley has 5 pet-children, cooks unbelievably good plant-based food, and loves to volunteer with Alive Hospice and Threshold Choir.
StaceyClient Program Manager
Stacey brings more than 15 years of project management and event planning experience to our team, making her the perfect person to help our clients manage their security awareness programs from the beginning. She loves a good challenge and especially loves getting to work one-on-one with customers. Not one to let stress get to her, Stacey treats every customer with the same respect, patience and good-nature because all of our clients are equally valued and important to us.
Fun Facts: Originally from Jamaica, Stacey has lived in Florida, California and Tennessee. A huge X-Men fan, she also loves to travel, cook, and spend time with her daughter and puppy dog.
ErinSenior Designer
A graphic design mastermind, Erin never backs down from a project. Whether she’s designing the monthly newsletter, new posters, or a custom client project, she gives every piece the time and attention it deserves. She has a strong background in print design, and often works with our web team, to make sure we look good online.

👉 Erin’s Blog Posts

Fun Facts: Erin is an avid tabletop gamer, a fledgling dungeon master and, most importantly, a swing and blues dances enthusiast.
JeremySenior Video Developer
Jeremy is our video wizard, with mad skills in animation, filming, editing, motion graphics, green screens, script-writing and any kind of visual storytelling we need. He loves the unique challenge of presenting security concepts in visually entertaining ways. Another music business veteran, Jeremy’s background is in recording and mixing.
Fun Facts: Jeremy used to be a bartender, is the father of an adorable little girl, and can actually juggle!
JustinSenior Writer
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, including eLearning, Video, Newsletters and Marketing, making sure our content is fresh and up-to-date.

👉 Justin’s Blog Posts

Fun Facts: In his spare time, Justin writes about fantasy football for FootballGuys.com and practices mixology (he makes a mean margarita). He is also an excellent mower of lawns.
SherraSenior QA Specialist
Sherra managed the day-to-day chaos of the company from the very beginning, but has moved into the less chaotic role of Senior Quality Assurance Specialist. With years of experience that span from coast-to-coast and across industries (she started in the music biz!), she leads our QA team, sharing her wisdom with every department, reviewing every piece of content before it goes live. You may also recognize her voice as she does much of the narration in our training modules and reinforcement videos!
Fun Facts: Sherra was a vocal major in college; wired electronics for recording studios, live concerts and computers; and is now one of our voice artists. She also appeared on $25,000 pyramid, losing a trip to Asia but at least she got to meet Dick Clark!
TylerSenior eLearning Developer
As the head of our elearning team, Tyler spends her days finding fresh, fun ways to teach age-old security concepts, making all of our modules visually stimulating, and tackling custom client projects with enthusiasm. With a background in wedding photography, she approaches each project with a keen eye for detail and works hard to keep all of our clients pleased.

👉 Tyler’s Blog Posts

Fun Facts: Tyler spends her free time traveling and perfecting her wine-tasting skills, and steals the boss’s dog on weekends.
CheetoChief Security Cat™
With a background in sleeping all day and sitting in box, he takes his role as Security Cat™ very seriously. He likes to fight cyber crime, catch phish, subdue trigger-happy mice, and help humans be safer online. He is also responsible for boosting company morale, enforcing policy, helping with social media and sitting on our keyboards.

👉 Security Cat™ Blog Posts

Fun Facts: Cheeto is an American Bobtail weighing nearly 20 pounds and knows how to open the front door.