Cybersecurity Awareness Training

employee_trainingLast week we took an in depth look at social engineering, and looked a phone and email examples in depth.

Cybersecurity awareness training is one of the most effective ways to combat these threats. Not everyone engaged in cybersecurity practice agrees about the effectiveness of this solution, but I have been delivering public cybersecurity courses for over a decade, and I know from the responses that ...

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What Is Social Engineering?

social-engineeringThis should really be called “anti-social” engineering.  A good definition is “social engineering is a non-technical method of intrusion hackers use that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures. It is one of the greatest threats that organizations today encounter.”

My article on Wednesday will give an example of phone based social engineering – the fake tech support call. ...

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Business Cybersecurity Resolutions

newyear2016As we approach the new year it is traditional to make our New Year’s Resolutions.  Unfortunately, most resolutions are made but not kept, so I am a little reluctant to offer these ideas for improving your cybersecurity in the coming year.  But if you have not climbed on the cybersecurity bandwagon yet, you are definitely overdue. Pick a few of these ideas to implement in your business.

 

Here they are:

  • Stay informed about the ...
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Getting Employees Involved In Cybersecurity

teamworkThis week we have focused on the people part of the security puzzle.  As we know, people are the weakest link and the easiest point of access.  But beating this point into your employees will not help them be better at computer and network security, and just make them feel hopeless and badgered.

Getting employee buy-in requires a little bit of strategy mixed in with a lot of fun.

  • Sharing the actual experiences of ...
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The Human Factor

employee_trainingOn Monday we discussed the effect that living in a code yellow world has on creating security fatigue.  Peter Herzog, in his blog Dark Matters expanded on this theme recently, giving examples of how teaching your employees how to stay secure in an insecure world may be counter-intuitive to the way we usually accomplish this.

Here are his recommendations:

  • Teach your employees to say “I don’t want ...
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Creating a Cybersecurity Policy

cybersecurityOne of the early steps a small business needs to undertake is the creation of a cybersecurity policy.  This is not a trivial undertaking, and taking a look at the information below will undoubtedly make this project look daunting to the average small business owner.  A good solution would be to find a cybersecurity professional with experience in policy creation and ...

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