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Top Ten Security Awareness Topics - Roundup

A common challenge most organizations face when building an effective security awareness program is determining which topics to communicate. Too often organizations try to teach too much, with little if any effort in identifying which topics have the greatest impact. Keep in mind you most likely face several limitations. The first is many organizations are limited to thirty minutes or less in their initial training. Every minute of lost work quickly adds up as a result management may put restrictions on how long the training can be. In addition you will be competing for time against other types of training (sexual harassment, ethics, etc). Also keep in mind people can only remember so much. The fewer topics you focus on, the more you can reinforce those topics and the more likely you will change behaviors. If you try to cram too much information people will simply become overwhelmed and most likely forget it all. As a result, I feel it is very important for organizations to review and teach only the topics that have the greatest value. In this series of ten blog posts I covered what I felt were the ten most important topics and why. Obviously every organization is different, and so to will your program. However these topics can give you a place to start. If you feel a topic was left out, please let me know!

  1. You Are The Target
  2. Social Engineering
  3. Email and IM
  4. Social Networking
  5. Browsers
  6. Passwords
  7. Encryption
  8. Smartphones / Mobile Device
  9. Monitoring / AUP
  10. Hacked


Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM | Permalink | Reply


Thanks again for this series! I'm building a security awareness program at work right now and these topics have been a huge help.

Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:59 AM | Permalink | Reply


Thanks! If you have any other topics you want covered, or any challenges you are currently facing in your program please let me know and I'll research it.

Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:22 AM | Permalink | Reply


Thank you for posting this, I am asked to do security awareness presentation and this blog really helped me. Thanks gain.