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9 Innovative Ways to Boost Security Hygiene for Cyber Awareness Month

If we really want to move the dial on security habits, it's time to think beyond phishing tests. Our panel of CISOs and other security heavy-hitters offer expert tips that go beyond the obvious.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time where many companies take the opportunity to remind their employees about the dangers of password reuse, reinforce the importance of not clicking on untrusted links, and provide their yearly cybersecurity user training.

These are familiar approaches that don't change very much year-to-year — even though the cyberthreat landscape does. To mark the 20th year of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we decided to talk to a range of CISOs and other well-known cybersecurity leaders about how to evolve user awareness efforts, asking them just one question:

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for security teams looking to boost employee, supplier, and partner security literacy in new and innovative ways?

Read on for innovative responses from our expert panel:

  • Window Snyder, Founder and CEO, Thistle Technologies

  • Kurt John, CISO, Expedia Group

  • Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist & Author

  • Phil Venables, CISO, Google Cloud

  • Dave Lewis, Advisory CISO, Cisco

  • Fred Kwong, CISO, DeVry

  • Rob Duhart, Deputy CISO, Walmart

  • Pat Opet, CISO, JPMorgan Chase

  • Tennisha Martin, Founder and Executive Director, BlackGirlsHack

About the Author(s)

Tara Seals, Managing Editor, News, Dark Reading

Tara Seals has 20+ years of experience as a journalist, analyst and editor in the cybersecurity, communications and technology space. Prior to Dark Reading, Tara was Editor in Chief at Threatpost, and prior to that, the North American news lead for Infosecurity Magazine. She also spent 13 years working for Informa (formerly Virgo Publishing), as executive editor and editor-in-chief at publications focused on both the service provider and the enterprise arenas. A Texas native, she holds a B.A. from Columbia University, lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and is on a never-ending quest for good Mexican food in the Northeast.

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