Security Awareness Newsletter

Security Awareness Newsletter

"Wow! This is the first security awareness document that our users really like! Thank you, SANS"

That note came from the CISO of an 8,000 employee organization. OUCH! is the world's leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for the common computer user. Published every month and in multiple languages, each edition is carefully researched and developed by the SANS Securing The Human team, SANS instructor subject matter experts and team members of the community. Each issue focuses on and explains a specific topic and actionable steps people can take to protect themselves, their family and their organization. OUCH! is distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. You are free to distribute OUCH! within your organization or to your customers as part of your security awareness program, or share OUCH! with your family, friends and coworkers. The only limitation is you cannot modify nor sell OUCH!.

The OUCH! newsletter and all of its translations are done by community volunteers. As such, some languages may not be available upon initial publication date, but will be added as soon as they are. Be sure to review our other free resources for security awareness programs such as presentations, posters and planning materials on our Resources Page.

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OUCH! Archives 2015-2017
January 2017Social Engineering
December 2016Securely Disposing of Your Mobile Device
November 2016Using The Cloud Securely
October 2016Four Steps to Staying Secure
September 2016Email Do's and Don'ts
August 2016Ransomware
July 2016CEO Fraud
June 2016Encryption
May 2016Internet of Things (IoT)
April 2016I'm Hacked, Now What?
March 2016What Is Malware?
February 2016Securing Your Home Network
January 2016Securing Your New Tablet
December 2015Phishing
November 2015Shopping Online Securely
October 2015Password Managers
September 2015Two-Step Verification
August 2015Backup & Recovery
July 2015Social Media
June 2015Educating Kids on Cyber Safety
May 2015Securing the Cyber Generation Gap
April 2015Passphrases
March 2015Gaming Online Safely & Securely
February 2015Staying Secure on the Road
January 2015Securely Using Mobile Apps

OUCH! Team

OUCH! is developed through a rigorous process involving numerous volunteers. Every issue starts as a draft written by a Guest Editor, a Subject Matter Expert in that month's topic. This draft is then intensely reviewed by our experienced editorial board. Once updated, the newsletter is then reviewed and finalized by our team of community reviewers. OUCH is then proofread and translated into multiple languages by our team of translation volunteers. OUCH! is a tremendous community effort and would not be possible without the hard work of the people below.

Editorial Board

  • Phil Hoffman
  • Bob Rudis
  • Walt Scrivens
  • Bill Wyman

Community Review Board

  • Mike Saurbaugh
  • Mohammed Houssaini Sqalli
  • Paulletta Thomas
  • Philip Johnsey
  • Scott Eigenhuis
  • ShanShan Pa
  • Sheldon Smith
  • Stefano Bonacina