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OUCH! October Edition – National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by

We are excited to announce the October issue of OUCH! This month, led by Guest Editor Randy Marchany, we present a special edition just for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – “Helping Others Secure Themselves”. In this issue we encourage and provide steps for those who are comfortable with technology to help secure others who are confused or intimidated by today’s high-tech world. Help create a global network of security ambassadors by sharing this edition with your family, friends, and coworkers.

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Have you read all about the Equifax hack but are still confused on what exactly happened or what you, your family or your workforce should do to protect themselves? Find all your answers in this simple guide that gives you the facts and the key steps to take to protect yourself and your family’s future.


The 3rd annual SANS European Security Awareness Summit  takes place 6/7 Dec in London. This highly interactive forum is THE event for Security Awareness Officers looking to take their programme to the next level. Learn from your peers the latest techniques in engaging employees and changing behaviour, and ultimately culture. This two-day Summit includes expert awareness-focused talks, interactive discussions, networking events, video wars, show and tell, phishing wars, and more! Be sure to register early as the US Summit sold out five weeks before the event.


We are looking for volunteer translators for the OUCH! Newsletter for Italian and Simplified Chinese. If you are a native speaker of one of these languages and have translated before, we would love to hear from you. Translating OUCH! is a great opportunity to build your global brand and make a difference. All volunteers have to commit for at least one year. Contact me for more information on translation.


The Video of the Month is Creating a Cyber Secure Home.


Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab. He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute’s “Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities” document that has become a standard for most computer security and auditing software. He is the co-author of the “Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks” document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He is a coauthor of the Center for Internet Security’s series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. These benchmarks are available for free and represent the first successful attempt to create a set of consensus documents with detailed steps for implementing system security. He was a member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the recent series of DDOS Internet Attacks. He was a recipient of the SANS Institute’s Security Technology Leadership Award for 2000. He was a recipient of the VA Governor’s Technology Silver Award in 2003. He was part of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2005. He is a co-holder of a patent for battery based intrusion detection system that was the product of research conducted in the VA Tech IT Security Lab.


The November edition of OUCH! will be “Shopping Online Securely”.


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