It thrills me to be able to post an article with this title. I honestly do not believe there is anything more important and more impactful to the overall security of any organization than effective user awareness training. An increase in effective training is an increase in overall security.
I have been a student of and an advocate for the SANS Institute for many years. Lance Spitzner and his team do a marvelous job spreading the word of awareness and safety online. This report is a good resource and a worthwhile read. Enjoy!
I am a big fan of the OUCH! Newsletter. IT provides great concise, practical awareness knowledge that is free to share. Enjoy!
This is a great article from the team at SANS with strong content around the value of using a password manager to organize your credentials. Also, this is a fresh new interface on the SANS site. Take a moment to look around and enjoy the great IT security content.
I am a big fan of Securing the Human and the Ouch! Newsletters the team at SANS produces. This month’s topic is Password Managers and is quite timely given many of the challenges surrounding compromised credentials online. Take a look!
Threats associated with the “Internet of Things” are very real and a serious concern. Take a moment and simply count in your head the number of devices active on the Internet in your home – your computers, laptops, gaming consoles, smartphones, handheld games, printers, camera systems, doorbells, thermostats, kitchen appliances – the list goes on and on. All of these devices are potential bot nodes or network entry points.
Think about the firewall at the edge of your DSL or cable modem. Is it secure? Is it properly configured? How often do you connect to it and verify the active connections and associated devices? Take the time to secure your home network just as you would your physical doors and windows. You may have a “door” standing wide open that you never considered.
This is a particularly good read from the team at Securing the Human. It provides a nice overview of encryption, why it is important and how you should approach and use it. Enjoy!
In light of the recent scare around Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft credentials, I believe this article from the team at SANS Securing the Human is good content and definitely worth a share. Enjoy!
I participated in a public Ransomware Panel which our team from Burk I.T. this morning. A huge thanks to Arocna3, Datto, and Eset for their participation. Given our conversations, I thought this SANS Ouch! article particularly timely and appropriate.