NoticeBored security awareness topics

NoticeBored customer feedbackThe incessant pace of change in information security means staying still is falling back. Effective security awareness programs need to be updated frequently to reflect changes - new threats and vulnerabilities, new modes of attack, new business and personal impacts. Furthermore, staying topical keeps the content relevant and interesting instead of stale and boring.

That’s why we deliver fresh security awareness materials every single month . With NoticeBored, your awareness program matures month-by-month, constantly adapting to the ever-changing environment. Our innovative rolling approach tackles current risks, emphasizing the best of today’s information security controls, building and sustaining a high level of awareness all year round. 

Our security awareness portfolio covers more than 60 topics:

  1. Accountability and responsibility - examines, explains and contrasts these two commonly misunderstood concepts that are fundamental to information security, governance and compliance;
  2. Apps - about integrating information security into the application development/acquisition lifecycle, and mobile apps;
  3. Authentication and identity management - from choosing strong passwords to biometrics, identity theft, access control and federated identities;
  4. Best practices - discovering, evaluating and adopting best practices in information security can be a short-cut to excellence;
  5. Bugs! - security vulnerabilities created by errors or flaws in program specification, design, coding or configuration by software development professionals and end-users;
  6. Business continuity - covers business impact analysis, resilience, disaster recovery and contingency to maintain critical business activities;
  7. Business relationships - securing the information element of ‘third party’ relationships between organizations is more involved than it may appear, given the number of relationships, their dynamics, and the wide variety of situations where information is placed at risk;
  8. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - using personal tablets, laptops, smartphones etc. for work purposes may suit the business but presents information risk and security challenges;
  9. Change management - covers the intersection between change management and information security management, taking in risk management, compliance, patching, testing, configuration and version management, and more;
  10. Cloud computing - covers the information security aspects of cloud computing;
  11. Communications security - this topic integrates several others (e.g. network security, email security, hacking and social engineering) and adds new angles such as non-verbal communications; 
  12. Compliance and enforcement - fulfilling obligations under information security-related laws, regulations, standards, contracts etc. plus internal corporate policies, procedures and guidelines;
  13. Computing on the go - information risk and security concerns relating to portable ICT devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and so forth;
  14. Cryptography - a fun, lightweight introduction to the rather heavy topic of encryption and other cryptographic applications;
  15. Cybersecurity - a heavy-duty but gripping module touches on the extreme cyber-risks relating to cyberweapons and cyberwar; 
  16. Cybertage - ‘sabotage in cyberspace’ concerns the use of information and IT systems as weapons to commit sabotage, and sabotage of information and IT assets;
  17. Database security - securing large collections of valuable data against hackers, corruption, loss etc.;
  18. Digital forensics - forensic investigation of data relating to and arising from information security incidents;
  19. Email - security aspects of email plus other electronic person-to-person chat tools such as Skype, IM, Twitter, blogs and more;
  20. Fraud - taking advantage of victims through deception and coercion;
  21. Governance - roles, structures and reporting lines for the information security function and its relationships with others such as risk management, IT audit and general business management;
  22. Hacking - tips to counteract hackers, crackers, industrial spies, insider threats, scammers, criminals and other adversaries exploiting network, software, hardware, physical and human vulnerabilities;
  23. History of security - looks at the evolution of information security techniques and technologies through the ages;
  24. Hi-tech infosec - risks and controls involving IT, systems and networks, and high-technology;
  25. Human error - explores the human side of information integrity including booboos, blunders and gaffes;
  26. Human factors - the human side of information security covering security awareness and culture, policies, social engineering scams and frauds, phishing, whaling and more;
  27. Identity theft - stealing and faking credentials, phishing, impersonation and fraud;
  28. Incident management - the cyclical process for identifying, reacting to, containing, resolving and learning from information security incidents;
  29. Industrial information security - information risks and security controls relating to industrial IT systems controlling factory machines, equipment and plant, microcontrollers and critical national/corporate infrastructures;
  30. Information protection - obligations to protect information assets, plus information classification and baseline security controls;
  31. Information Security 101 - a general, multi-topic starter module covering the basics of information security for new employee orientation sessions and to accompany the launch (or re-launch!) of security awareness programs; MORE
  32. Information risk management - processes to identify, examine and treat the full spectrum of information risks, in the context of corporate risk management as a whole and information security specifically;
  33. Innovation - discusses the risks and controls associated with the process of creating and exploiting intellectual property, ranging from classic inventions to novel black- and white-hat tools and methods.  New module March 2017Hot as!  MORE
  34. Insider threats - security threats arising from employees on the payroll and third party employees working for/within the organization in a similar capacity (‘workers’ we call them);
  35. Internet security - from web surfing to eBusiness apps, social media and cloud computing, this module covers one of the hottest and riskiest areas of information security;
  36. IoT (the Internet of Things) security - also known as the Internet of Threats;
  37. IP & IPR (Intellectual Property / R ights) - protecting our own rights and interests while also respecting others’; 
  38. IT auditing - understand what makes IT auditors tick, what they do, and how to work with them more effectively;
  39. Knowledge - protecting intangible information assets and intellectual property;
  40. Learning from information security incidents - improving security in response to incidents that involve the organization, or indeed third parties such as Sony;
  41. Lo-tech infosec - concerns those important parts of information security that lie beyond IT-security or cybersecurity;
  42. Malware - viruses, worms, Trojans, keyloggers, spyware, rootkits, APTs/Advanced Persistent Threats, multifunctional and embedded malware are such significant threats that we update this awareness module annually with fresh content;
  43. Network security - all manner of information security issues arising from networking, internetworking, communications, liaisons, collaboration and social interaction, VOIP, VPNs, IoT, BYOD, mobile working ...; 
  44. Office security - the average workplace faces a range of information security risks ranging from intruders, thefts, fires and floods to bugs and a variety of office IT security issues;
  45. Oversight - a unique security awareness module covering both ‘oversights’ (casual errors, accidents and omissions) and ‘overseeing’ things (an integrity control);
  46. Passwords - concerns credentials used for identification and authentication of people, including passwords, passphrases, two-factor authentication, biometrics and so forth;
  47. Permissions - including but extending well beyond rights and privileges;
  48. Phishing - aside from touching on phishing in several other modules (such as email, credentials, identification and authentication, social engineering, malware, fraud and identity theft), we dedicated an entire awareness module to the topic, reflecting its significance;
  49. Privacy - protecting personal information, respecting individuals’ privacy rights and expectations;
  50. Physical security - protecting information assets (including people) against physical threats such as unauthorized or inappropriate physical access, fires, floods, and various workplace hazards;
  51. Portable devices - security of laptops and other portable/mobile ICT devices, touching on BYOD and home working/teleworking;
  52. Ransomware - malware that holds computers and data to ransom; 
  53. Secure-by-design - making information security an integral part of systems and processes from the outset, including security architecture and the concept of fail-safe/fail-secure design;
  54. Social engineering - the only practical way to tackle this growing threat is to ensure employees are well aware of the issue, motivating and guiding them to think critically and so resist attacks;
  55. Social media - covers the security hazards associated with Linkedin, Facebook, blogging etc.;
  56. Social insecurity combines social engineering with the security aspects of social networking and social media, including 419 and lonely hearts scams, spear phishing, inappropriate online disclosures and insider threats;
  57. Surveillance - widespread in public, corporate and personal domains, surveillance is both a valuable form of monitoring control and a privacy/human rights concern depending on your perspective; 
  58. Survivability - tackles the extreme end of risk management, incident management and business continuity;
  59. Tools and techniques supporting and enabling information risk and security;
  60. Trade secrets - a spectrum of activities from legitimate market research and competitive intelligence through to unethical if not illegal industrial espionage and information warfare;
  61. Trust and ethics - trustworthiness depend on the trusted party’s ethics, making this an important - if unusual - information security awareness topic.

Does your awareness program cover the full spectrum of information security,
with topics such as ransomware, IoT, innovation, spear-phishing and whaling?

Look at your own awareness program or ask any of our competitors about the breadth and depth of theirs and think about it. There’s much more to explore besides phishing, important though that topic undoubtedly is. Aside from anything else, it’s boring to cover the same few topics repeatedly. To be fair, information security doesn’t fall neatly into discrete categories - there is cross-over and common ground between many topics ... which our audiences will hopefully recognize: we’re aiming for a broad all-encompassing view taking in information risk, information security, cybersecurity, privacy, governance, compliance and more, all within the corporate business context.


We work on a rolling plan going forward three months at a time. While busily preparing the next month’s module, we’re also scoping, researching and thinking about those that will follow. Get in touch to find out what’s coming up. We keep our plans flexible in order to respond both to new information security issues as they emerge and to customer suggestions. So how may we help you?  What are we missing?

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