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Fake News and the Value of Security Awareness Training

Fake news articles have become a hot topic in the political arena recently. However, accusations of fake news articles have been around since the 1950’s with tabloid gossip magazines like the National Enquirer. Over the years, numerous print magazines have been accused of publishing sensationalized false news articles about celebrities for the simple purpose of selling more magazines.

Web sites like Snopes.com and other “fact checker” sites have been around since 1995 to help with the verification of “urban legends” and fake articles on the Internet.

Top 8 Security Awareness Training Best Practices

  Each organization’s security awareness training will, and should, be slightly different. In fact, putting your own spin on your training is an important way to highlight specific elements of your corporate culture. Still, there are a few common threads that run through all of the most successful training programs. Here are the top 8… Read more »

Security Awareness Training Alert: Social Engineering Scams

 Social Engineering Scams One of the most effective and dangerous techniques criminals use to commit their crimes is called social engineering and it’s vitally important that you learn how to recognize this serious threat. Social engineering uses social interaction as the primary means to trick or persuade you to disclose confidential information that can then be… Read more »

Device Management and IOT

Three Recommendations for IoT Security Criminals are now relying increasingly on ways to hack your devices.  Each of us plays a responsible part in ongoing security awareness training and best practices to secure the Internet of Things – IOT. Staying current with the latest scams and sharing this information with your family, friends and co-workers… Read more »

The Equifax Security Breach – Now What? Five recommendations to protect yourself!

Equifax, one of the three major U.S. based credit reporting services just announced a major data breach where hackers have stolen sensitive information for 143 million American consumers 1. All consumers and businesses need to take actions to protect themselves. Ways that the Equifax security breach WILL affect you: Personally – Your personal and family’s… Read more »

CFISA Offers New Security Awareness Training Made Simple Course Options

The Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA), based in Boca Raton, FL, is pleased to announce the launch of several new and updated online cyber security awareness training courses. These new updated security awareness training courses provide 15 separate lessons, which cover key information security issues that can impact the workplace. A full course addressing PCI DSS credit card compliance rules will also be available. Those interested can contact CFISA by filling out a form on their website.

What are you doing to help protect the Critical Infrastructure?

As a citizen in the United States, whether we know it or not we all have a role to play in protecting the critical infrastructure.

We see almost daily in the news that citizens in the U.S. are being targeted in cyber-attacks by terrorist groups, Nation States and organized crime groups.

These groups use cybercrime to advance their goals and victimize U.S. citizens and attack our critical infrastructure. Everyone in the U.S. now has a role to play to protect against cybercrime and identity theft.

The London Attack and Security Awareness When Traveling

This weekend the World suffered another terrorist attack. Our support and solidarity goes out to the citizens of the U.K. and the victims of this senseless crime.

I had two friends that were in London this weekend and luckily both are safe. They both posted on Facebook that they were safe and not involved in the attack. It occurred to me that social media has now turned into our main tool to communicate to your family and friends in incidents of this nature.

In our business at the Center for Information Security Awareness (www.cfisa.org) we provide in-person security awareness training for businesses on this important subject.

CFISA put together some basic recommendations and best practices for security awareness training and education when traveling.

Memorial Day Lessons For Your Business

Memorial Day is a valuable holiday to reflect on those that have served our Country. As we think about this holiday let’s also consider ways to learn from the past and to put these lessons to use in the future.

In thinking about our military, we can take some valuable lessons on the way our military and soldiers are trained and deployed to protect our country.

When our Countries’ new soldiers start their military service, they attend some form of “boot camp”. Boot camp training can be seven to twelve weeks of intensive training depending on the branch of service. The purpose of this intense training is to provide many skills that most Americans do not have growing up.

How do you train an 18-year-old to run towards gunfire instead of away from it?

This act would seem to defy all logic and clearly goes against all human instinct. Boot camp training provides a form of psychological reprogramming to overcome normal human instinct. Through drills and repetitive training recruits are trained to react in new ways and respond as a team towards the attack.