Security Awareness Blog

Influence: Science and Practice

I just finished the book "Influence: Science and Practice" by Dr. Robert Cialdini. Dr. Cialdini is considered by many as one of the leading experts in influence, or what our community calls "Social Engineering". This is a powerful book, as you not only learn the techniques that cyber attackers can use against your organization, but … Continue reading Influence: Science and Practice


1st Annual Security Awareness Survey

Folks, just a friendly reminder that as part of #NCSAM we are hosting the first annual security awareness survey. The goal of this short, anonymous survey is to create a standardized industry report on how organizations are mitigating human information-related risks. The report will enable security awareness officers to make more informed decisions and benchmark … Continue reading 1st Annual Security Awareness Survey


Resources to Make Your #NCSAM a Success

At SANS Securing The Human, we recognize the important role National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) plays in bringing attention to the cybersecurity challenges faced by all organizations. NCSAM's activities not only help educate and inform people, but they also create a culture of sharing and helping others. Given our passion surrounding this subject, we are … Continue reading Resources to Make Your #NCSAM a Success


Updates to Security Awareness Maturity Model

As we continue to grow and mature as a community, so to does our tools and resources. As such we have made some minor changes to the Security Awareness Maturity Model to better clarify what each stage is with more precise titles. The steps are the exact same to achieving each level. All we have … Continue reading Updates to Security Awareness Maturity Model


When Employees Don't Change Behavior - Ask Why

As you roll out your security awareness program, or deploy training to change specific behaviors, be prepared for not everyone changing their behaviors. Instead of becoming frustrated by failures or blaming employees, use this opportunity to learn and improve. Ask the individuals why they did not change their behavior. By using a Behavior Model such … Continue reading When Employees Don't Change Behavior - Ask Why