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Creating an Effective Security Awareness Program

"Social engineering bypasses all technologies, including firewalls." -Kevin Mitnick Social engineering is often regarded as the most effective and powerful skill used by black-hat hackers and, until recently, it is one of the least addressed cybersecurity issues.   Studies show that 70% of US employees lack basic security and privacy skills                                                ...

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Category: Security Awareness

How to Legally Practice Social Engineering

Date: 03-APR-2018 Category: Security Awareness Author: Tim O'Connor Social Engineering is without question the most powerful and successful hacker skill of all time, but how can you become fluent enough in this skill to learn and defend against it if the practice is illegal? If you want to learn a skill to protect yourself, your employees or your customers, you must be able practice that...

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Should we Fear the Amazon Echo or Other Smart Speakers in our Home?

Author: Tim O’Connor I am a cyber security professional and when I tell some of my peers that I have several Amazon Echo smart speakers in my home and workshop they sometimes look at me like I just said Edward Snowden was my roommate or that I just beamed in from the alternate universe where Spock has a beard. They immediately tell me that these smart speakers send recordings of my voice...

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Don't Lose Face with your Friends over Facebook

Author: Tim O'Connor You have likely been hearing about the personal privacy leakage court cases involving data mining your Facebook account and maybe even its link to “spy vs. spy” stuff like Russian election influence. You might have even heard about the fact that not only was your personal information possibly mined but also the data of your unsuspecting friends. One thing that I have...

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Category: Security Awareness

Security Awareness Evaluation - Don't Fall for the "Streetlight Effect!"

A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost them here, and the drunk replies, no, and that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, "This...

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Category: Security Awareness

Building CyberSecurity Awareness

October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)!  This campaign was created as an effort to ensure Americans have the resources and information they need to be safe and more secure online.  There's been a massive number of cyberattacks that have occurred recently, and we wanted to share some helpful posts this month to help you outsmart the hackers.  Our trusted partners at Gig...

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