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According to a recent InformationWeek study, 67 percent of U.S. companies say raising user awareness of computer security is a crucial priority for the next year. Thank goodness folks are finally realizing that security is everyone’s business, not just the techies. But how do you train nontechnical folks on security without jargon, bewilderment, or ridiculous expense? With this little booklet, that’s how.
In less than 50 pages, top security consultant Ben Rothke outlines 20 things every employee needs to know, what they should do -- and, equally important, what they shouldn’t do. (Got an email about a security issue from an external source? Don’t handle it on your own. Forward it to your company’s security team or consultant. There are just too many hoaxes out there.)
Rothke’s calm, commonsense tone will help you get folks onboard with the security tasks that really matter. Keeping passwords secure. Transferring files safely. Being secure when you’re accessing the network remotely. Protecting notebooks and PDAs. Disposing of digital media without leaking information. “Social engineering” tricks to watch out for. And how to put all this stuff in context, so you don’t become obsessive or paranoid.
You may need to supplement this booklet with a few of your own company’s policies, but Rothke’s sensitive to that. He’ll take you more than 90 percent of the way. Think about buying a stack of these and passing them around. At $7.95, that’s actually doable. But, hey, it’s not just your employees who need this book. You do, too. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.