Conversations with a Romance Scammer

OK, I'm out - "She" wants to have a voice chat. For the last week or so I've been chatting to a romance scammer. Let's be honest, it isn't a reasonably attractive female behind the keyboard, it's a gross sweaty dude in his undies. So yeah, it's weird chatting on messenger and email and trying to keep that in mind!

How your parents are getting hacked

This podcast was created in collaboration with Phil Howard from Dissecting Popular IT Nerds.

Put this on your invoices

If our email gets hacked, then criminals can send invoices to our clients with their bank account details. So put this on your invoices so that your clients get to understand why we should confirm new or changed payment information.
 

Podcast with Wyntec

Podcast time! Tom Freer (from Wyntec) and I collaborated for a session on our favourite topic: People winning the war over cyber criminals!

Get this on Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3iREcCY
Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/36XL7Iv
Download on Anchor: https://bit.ly/3dlwTCM

 

Cyber Security Professional of the Year 2020 Nomination

aisaWe're proud to announce that Michael Ouwerkerk has been nominated for "Cyber Security Professional of the Year 2020" in the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Awards.

It's a massive honour to have this nomination in our company, and it reflects our core focus of making cyber security digestible and sensible for everyday people.

Our Article on InnovationAus!

Check out our article published on InnovationAus! We're honoured to have our article accepted here, and it's great to get our thoughts out to the broader community regarding how cyber security awareness is such an important part of business now.

https://www.innovationaus.com/do-we-rely-solely-on-tech-for-cyber-problems/

Mythical Cyber Security = Unacceptable Risk

This is a guest blog post for https://demystifycyber.blogspot.com where I share my thoughts on why it's important for people to understand who is targeting us, how, and why, and why we need to spring into action to defend ourselves.

https://demystifycyber.blogspot.com/2019/11/guest-post-mike-ouwerkerk-mythical.html

Cyber Security Cultural Change for SMEs

The war with cyber criminal scumbags wages on, and unfortunately the battle is still being lost by the good guys. Luckily we're yet to unleash our greatest arsenal in full. No, it's not AI, it's not tech, it's not process, it's people. People are the biggest target, and people therefore are the greatest asset if they know how to identify and respond to IT scams.

Video Testimonial from ISR Training

In case you're wondering what results look like when it comes to cyber security awareness training, this video should explain it quite nicely. The video testimonial is from a company called ISR Training (https://isrtraining.com.au). These guys featured on the investor TV series "Shark Tank" and gained investment. Just to clarify, this is feedback from professional trainers!

 

"Human Error" in Cyber Security - It's not what you think!

It's a constant message in cyber security - companies are being breached, and they blame "human error" for about 90% of those breaches. The core question is, where exactly is the human error? Is it the staff member that was tricked, or does responsibility lie somewhere else?

The benefits of cybercrime

Yeah I'm gonna go there. Doom and gloom is all we hear, the global economy is losing trillions, companies are getting hacked everywhere, people are losing their data and their identities, but there's always two sides to every story. I'm yet to see someone have a crack at this, so I figured why not?

So, lets drop the doom and gloom for a bit, and have a peek at the benefits of scumbags stealing our money and information:

It's All About the Lightbulb Moments

Metrics in cyber security awareness can be a bit of an art form, and will need to vary between organisations. But I realised yesterday while half way through a training session that I have access to one of the best metrics there is - lightbulb moments!

Having Fun With Scammers, Again.

Scumbags in 2018

“Dear Michael, Congratulations! Web Safe Staff has been selected as one of the 10 Best Security companies list of 2018 in The Silicon Review magazine. Please read below for important details and next steps….. Cost is $1000.”

I'm Calling BS on the Cyber Security Skills Shortage!

I've been doing this cyber industry thing for a while now. Informally for 3 years, formally for a bit over a year. I've learnt a heck of a lot from some amazing people, and I'm exposed to amazing / scary ideas, news and content every single day. But the big focus in our industry is tech. I talk to recruiters, cyber tech companies, and companies with cyber security issues, and they talk tech.

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