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No One Secures it Alone: Engaging your staff in the fight against cyber criminals


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So you think you can stop the attackers? Guess what? You can’t, at least not alone. Even the best coders, hackers, or computer geeks don’t stand a chance protecting their company alone. The soft-skills required for running a successful and engaging security program are too often overlooked.

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No One Secures it Alone: Engaging your staff in the fight against cyber criminals

  1. 1. MEMBER OF ALLINIAL GLOBAL, AN ASSOCIATION OF LEGALLY INDEPENDENT FIRMS © 2017 Wolf & Company, P.C. No One Secures it Alone: Engaging your staff in the fight against cyber criminals
  2. 2. Bio • Sean D. Goodwin • CCSP | CISA | CISSP | GCIA | GCIH | GSEC | PCIP | QSA • Bentley University / SANS Technology Institute • Senior Consultant – IT Assurance • 0xSeanG on social
  3. 3. Agenda • Common pitfalls • Building a proper foundation • Beyond compliance – explain the “why” • Grassroots support
  4. 4. Key Terms • AWARENESS –focuses on changing behaviors • TRAINING –teaches new skills –will be role-specific
  6. 6. That’s a Compliance or HR Function • Compliance-driven Programs • “I think HR covers that during on-boarding” • IT/IS is too busy chasing down alerts to train users Lance Spitzner / SANS – MGT 433
  7. 7. IT/IS Misses the Mark • “Curse of Knowledge” • End users are too dumb • Focuses on the wrong things
  9. 9. “Never let a breach go to waste” – Randy Marchany “When you have a breach, you only have a window of 2-3 months of extra support for your security program; act fast or you will lose that support” – Jess Garcia
  10. 10. Executive Buy-in • Have a project plan in place • Don’t go straight for the cash • Start small • Ditch the hoodie!!
  12. 12. Start with “WHY” • Take time to understand the business • Tailor the answer to “Why does security matter”
  13. 13. Individual Benefits • Lunch and Learn • Personal Device Reviews • Resources for family members • Special Events
  15. 15. Security Awareness Committee • Gather volunteers from all key business areas – Deeper understanding of their processes – Get someone in your corner • Allows for easier reinforcement training sessions – IT/IS not always there in person – Themed follow-up • Personal pride – Formal naming (Ambassadors, Champions, Advocates, etc.)
  16. 16. POSITIVE Reinforcement • Wall of Sheep vs. Wall of Fame • Track “wins” by department • Individual Kudos
  17. 17. Final Points • Keep it short / non-technical • Provide updates to leadership • Play the long game • Focus on small “wins”
  18. 18. Resources