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! 2013 Newsletters

December 2013: Securing Your New Tablet

November 2013: How to Shop Online Securely

October 2013: Password Managers

September 2013: Personal Backup and Recovery

August 2013: Two-Step Verification

July 2013: Spear Phishing

June 2013: URL Shorteners / QR Codes

May 2013: Passwords

April 2013: Protecting Your Kids Online

March 2013: Social Networking Safely

February 2013: Email Phishing Attacks

January 2013: Java

OUCH! Archives 2014-2016
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
December 2014What Is Anti-Virus?
November 2014Social Engineering
October 2014Five Steps to Staying Secure
September 2014Using the Cloud Securely
August 2014Encryption
July 2014Email Do's and Don'ts
June 2014Disposing of Your Mobile Device
May 2014I’m Hacked, Now What?
April 2014Yes, You Actually Are A Target
March 2014The End of Windows XP
February 2014What Is Malware
January 2014Securing Your Home Network

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

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


  • Arabic:
    Talal AlKharobi
    Farag Azzedin

  • Bahasa Indonesia:
    T. Gunawan

  • Brazilian Portuguese:
    Homero Palheta Michelini
    Michel Girardias
    Marta Visser
    Katia Lucia da Silva
    Rodrigo Gularte

  • Bulgarian:
    Nikolay Dachev
    Radoslava Nestorova

  • Chinese (Simplified):
    Zihao Cheng

  • Chinese (Traditional):
    ShanShan Pa

  • Dutch:
    Sven Jacobs
    Tom Palmaers

  • Farsi:
    Hasan Mirjalili

  • Finnish:
    €œKirill Filatov

  • French:
    Marilyn Combet
    Benoit Ramillon

  • German:
    Eike Dreesen
    Marek Kreul
    René Wiedewilt

  • Hebrew:
    Gady Margalit
    Dror Inbar

  • Hungarian:
    Bence Birkás
    Gábor Árvai
    Pál Benyó

  • Italian:

  • Japanese:
    Gou Tokida
    Takayuki (Taki) Uchiyama

  • Korean:
    Yune Sung
    Suhee Jin

  • Lithuanian:
    Tomas Norušis

  • Malaysian:
    Muhamad Hashimi
    Rahayu Aziz
    Sheikh Ahmad Raffie

  • Norwegian:
    Robin Stenvi

  • Polish:
    Katarzyna Gorzelak
    Paweł Jacewicz
    Łukasz Siewierski

  • Romanian:
    Cosmin Hanulescu

  • Russian:
    Irina Kotkova
    Alexander Kotkov

  • Serbian:
    Nenad Varinac

  • Spanish:
    Célica Martínez
    Katia Rodríguez

  • Turkish:
    Selma Süloğlu
    Sema Yüce

  • Urdu:
    Faiz Ahmad Shuja
    Shoaib Hashmi