I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the SANS Institute Securing the Human team as a guest editor for their OUCH! Security Awareness Newsletter. It was a rewarding experience working with such a competent and professional team. The theme of the September 2012 newsletter is “Hacked: Now What?”. While I am more used to writing technical articles, topics in OUCH! are written at a higher level and oriented towards the average computer user. It was fun to collaborate on topics relevant to this audience. The goal of the newsletter is to serve as a free resource that organizations of any size can use to increase the security awareness of their employees. Looking back through the archives, I think it consistently achieves this goal.
Getting a behind the scenes look at the production of a newsletter read by hundreds of thousands of people was fascinating. The number of individuals involved is impressive. In addition to the guest editor and the core Securing the Human team, there are a cadre of technical reviewers that donate their time and expertise. When the newsletter is ready to go to press, it heads to the international translation team that outputs the content into 16 different languages. Overall, I am impressed with the final product, and I would recommend it to any organization looking to augment their security awareness efforts.