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.

The Cyber Security Awareness Sales Cycle

cyber security sales lifecycle smallHere's a nice (actually it's pretty bad) flowchart of the cyber security awareness sales lifecycle. Where do you fit in this?

Customising Cyber Security Culture

I recently met up with someone in the Information Privacy sector, and we had a great chat about how our two industries are so closely related and beneficial to one another. This person's company was already implementing cyber security awareness training, and was also starting on cultural change (i.e. keeping awareness front of mind for staff).

Objections on Price

Objections on price. Sometimes I get them, usually not. Odd considering I'm pretty damn cost effective! Some companies don't see the value in spending a grand or two to massively reduce their cyber risk profile.

Cyber Security Awareness Options

In case you’ve been living under a rock, cyber warfare is on the rise, and the consequences to businesses and individuals can be devastating. At best it will cost you a lot of money, at worst it will cost everyone their jobs, so companies are starting to wake up to the fact that something needs to be done, and that’s a good thing!

The Cyber Security Breach Life-Cycle

When it comes to Cyber Security, most companies unfortunately remain oblivious or ignorant to the threats they are faced with on a day to day basis. This document will explain the typical cyber security breach lifecycle, what the implications are, and what you can do about it.

Online Vs Face to Face Training

If you've had a look through this website, you'd know that I focus on face to face Cyber Security Training, and there are some really good reasons for that. Sure I restrict myself geographically, but there are plenty of businesses in Brisbane and the surrounding area, and I can do FIFO as well. So there's no shortage of work, especially in my niche!

Conversations with a Scammer

Below is a transcript of my conversations with a real scammer who contacted me anonymously via LinkedIn. I tried to see how much fun I could have with this, and how long I could keep the communication going for. I will continue to add to this as the conversation continues.

Watching You Watching Porn

eyeball webcamI'm going to link to this one over on LinkedIn Pulse, because frankly it may damage my website search engine results!


In the fight against hackers, you must use your staff!

This is an article I wrote for Go1 as a guest blogger.


My Interview with "The Art of Service"

This is my interview with Ivanka Menken from "the Art of Service" (a provider of IT training materials, https://theartofservice.com/). We discussed cyber security staff awareness training in the context of cyber security risk management, and the full interview can be found here:


When Cyber Security Tech Becomes Dangerous

So this is an interesting discussion topic that popped up the other day. I was discussing cyber security awareness with an IT support provider, and we started talking about their terminal services solution involving Citrix and AppLocker. So basically they white-list what can / can't run in the session, therefore effectively preventing malicious software from executing. And that's great for the client, no doubt!

Compliance Does Not Equal Security

I see this a lot - companies doing a short 1/2 hour online cyber security awareness course. They tick the box that their compliance is done, and that their staff are cyber security aware. When I ask the staff from companies like these how the course was, they can't really remember much about it.

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