OUCH! Security Awareness Newsletter

From the post:

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 encouraged to distribute OUCH! within your organization or share with family and friends, 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.

You probably won’t benefit from this but may know users who will. Fairly commonplace advice.

You can subscribe to the newsletter but must have a SANS account.

Be aware your users may compare your password requirements with those at SANS:

Passwords must be at least 10 characters long and contain 5 unique characters

Passwords must also include at least one of each of the following: number, uppercase letter, lowercase letter, and special character ( ! £ $ % ^ & * ( ) @ # ? < > . )

I suppose that helps but you remember Schneier’s first book on cryptography? In the introduction he says there are two kinds of cryptography. The first kind is the sort that keeps your kid sister from reading your diary. The second kind stumps government sourced agencies. This book is about the latter. Words to that effect.

The SANS passwords will keep your kid sister out, at least to middle school, maybe.

PS: Best name for a newsletter I have seen in a long time. Suggestions for a topic map newsletter name?

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