Security Awareness Newsletter

Security Awareness Newsletter

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That note came from the CISO of an 8,000 employee organization. OUCH! is the world's leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for everyone. Published every month and in multiple languages, each edition is carefully researched and developed by the SANS Securing The Human team, SANS instructors and 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! 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!. All translations are done by community volunteers. As such, at times some languages may not be available.

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OUCH! 2015 Newsletters

December 2015: Phishing

  • English: Phishing SHA1:5e3795b134552b86b8cf3537f8a82059c593a4a5
  • English (epub): Phishing SHA1:98360ab486506620df0cf673249420e4582bb1b2
  • Albanian: Phishing SHA1:29f93f263f65385f502d27eb69f871166bfdb378
  • Bahasa Indonesia: Phishing (Surel Pengelabuan) SHA1:bde116aaafdc774fd54fdb68f269031ad27dd28e
  • Bulgarian: Фишинг SHA1:d33a845cfba30f6ca67f41140e05ecf4b928843c
  • Chinese, Simplified: 网络钓鱼 SHA1:915b323fa89e1c27e50d36b6d2202af9a8c29f27
  • Chinese, Traditional: 網絡釣魚 SHA1:6d7c76e1616c4a5dfb8177f8569311dafffa8724
  • Dutch: Phishing SHA1:9cdf819eabf5d3ad3a37c390ac31e042ea075a16
  • Farsi: فیشینگ‬ SHA1:f77c5bb1f1e2941e29713eab5defcbf2791d372b
  • Finnish: Kalastelu SHA1:262ff65a79c58e678bc94a671cbfb05a0e27fb6b
  • French: L’hameçonnage / Phishing SHA1:469628785826d3357ad55a684064285a031a71e9
  • German: Phishing SHA1:e0bb1fa5567a8867133880fbf84a5cd797a7e13a
  • Hungarian: Adathalászat SHA1:bfcc038914999f83f1530a9797d7249119d8085e
  • Italian: Il Phishing SHA1:db64485c72a7f16d83b9cd167a4aec68ddddbe62
  • Japanese: フィッシングについて SHA1:769c6b752773253cd5bc085f414c497d628dfbda
  • Korean: 피싱 SHA1:ff167b731535f083cf681ec5fb12d4bdf1ee958b
  • Latvian: Pikšķerēšana SHA1:741b811655071826bfd614270b6e9760c330590c
  • Lithuanian: Sukčiavimas SHA1:b2519798b34f690e0934d1c5cc642e5b61455acd
  • Malaysian: Phishing SHA1:4b30b6a1bc822ab0aeb25aab6c1c467b7dbece0a
  • Norwegian: Phishing SHA1:c0b2e88ec2d2b6afa805a0bd48faf2b6c1afb65c
  • Polish: Phishing i oszustwa w e-mailach SHA1:aa346dcea65a25e6d96b3c2199b225e729a3d7ea
  • Portuguese: Phishing SHA1:35ca2b15c07d467200324f918fbe1e4393c88da5
  • Romanian: Despre Phishing SHA1:a60ad54f1d4fcc62c078206ed542575f67d0f8ae
  • Russian: Фишинг SHA1:a11f8fcf65499be319fa24ed9895f96ded7d8a31
  • Serbian: Sajber pecanje SHA1:1a6a65f6d4af30f9ba49646ffb1c3fb4305d01f1
  • Spanish: Phishing SHA1:de695ae79193faee18d48712c7f7e5b1d40808a9
  • Turkish: Oltalama SHA1:d407f9df5628dfa8867921500b99b495b03c99e2
  • Urdu: فِشنگ‬‬‬‬‬‬ SHA1:4e4f4db3e37e4de39e0fcab6dae3d6cd1fa1e342

November 2015: Shopping Online Securely

October 2015: Password Managers

September 2015: Two-Step Verification

August 2015: Backup & Recovery

July 2015: Social Media

June 2015: Educating Kids on Cyber Safety

May 2015: Securing the Cyber Generation Gap

April 2015: Passphrases

March 2015: Gaming Online Safely & Securely

February 2015: Staying Secure on the Road

January 2015: Securely Using Mobile Apps

OUCH! Archives 2015-2017
April 2017Passphrases
March 2017Securely Using Mobile Apps
February 2017Staying Secure on the Road
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


  • Arabic:
    Talal AlKharobi
    Ziyad AlShehri
    Farag Azzedin
    Mohammed Srour

  • Bahasa Indonesia:
    T. Gunawan

  • Brazilian Portuguese:
    Homero Palheta Michelini
    Marta Visser
    Rodrigo Gularte

  • Bulgarian:
    Nikolay Dachev
    Radoslava Nestorova

  • Chinese (Simplified):
    Zihao Cheng

  • Chinese (Traditional):
    ShanShan Pa

  • Danish:
    Mie Ljungberg Kristensen
    Thomas Ljungberg Kristensen

  • Dutch:
    Sven Jacobs
    Tom Palmaers

  • Farsi:
    Saeed Mirjalili
    Majid Hedayati

  • Finnish:
    €œKirill Filatov