Security Awareness

Security awareness is about empowering you.  It is about developing discernment and healthy skepticism.  About pausing before clicking or replying.  And it is about you having hope in the age of rampant cyber crime where the latest breach is today’s headline news.   

Security awareness is the knowledge and attitude you have regarding the protection of physical and information assets.  Physical and information assets go hand in hand. Even as the world virtualizes, your information assets are dependent on physical assets.  A locked door, an unlocked computer, a shoulder surfer.

Security awareness begins with recognition.  Recognize that you are a target for cybercriminals.  You may have already been a victim of cybercrime, or you may become a victim in the future. 

It’s said there are only two types of people.  Those who have been hacked and those who do not know they have been hacked.  I suggest there is a third type.  The security-aware individual who takes the steps to avoid being one of the first two.  And while there are no guarantees, there are things you can do to reduce your exposure to cybercriminals and becoming a victim.

Information security is as much social science as it is computer science.  While technology is the delivery vehicle of the cyberattacker, it is human behavior, not computer vulnerability that is the target.  Without understanding human factors and cultivating a culture of awareness with our colleagues, friends, and associates, technology will let us down.

Security awareness is about strengthening your cybersecurity posture through your behavior.

You are the human firewall.  You are better than a hardware firewall because:
You can learn
You can improve
You can become better 

This website will provide information you can use.  It will provide:
Training and security tips
Information about cybersecurity governmental regulations and legislative directives
Industry trends, alerts, and best practices