Seasonal SANS Security Awareness Training Video Fosters Behavior Change while Keeping Spirits Bright

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Security Awareness, the leading provider in security awareness training and a division of SANS Institute, has released public access to one of its micro-videos. The seasonally-charged video, titled "Lousy Holiday," is part of the monthly engagement kit of supplemental materials from the SANS EndUser training content. It focuses on the behaviors of cybercriminals and hackers and drives education on how to protect personal information from being stolen online. The video is available live on an exclusive page on the SANS Security Awareness website.

"It's been a long, hard year filled with breaches and phishing," the micro-video begins with an upbeat tune. But this brief video, spanning over just two minutes, imparts the behaviors shoppers should practice in order to "wish those hackers, cyber attackers, a no good, lousy holiday." Those behaviors include:

  • Being aware of fraudulent websites
  • Regularly reviewing credit card statements
  • Keeping mobile and personal device systems updated

The SANS Security Awareness EndUser Training micro-videos are part of the support materials from the SANS EndUser Training and are designed to promote key lessons from the yearly curriculum. These short burst videos provide busy employees a refresher of the two most critical mobile security fundamentals.

"Engaging your learners is an important part of building a secure company culture," says Director of Content Development, Jon Portzline. "Providing timely content that helps to connect on a personal level, emphasizes the importance of thinking securely at work and at home. Also, fun music is hard to get out of your head."

While the video promotes online shopping behavior change and a catchy holiday jingle, the exclusive holiday page on the SANS Security website also features expert driven advice on Shopping Safely Online over the Holidays. Get more details about the SANS Security Awareness EndUser Training or schedule a one-on-one demo here.

About SANS Security Awareness
SANS Security Awareness, a division of the SANS Institute, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their 'human' cyber security risk. SANS Security Awareness has worked with over 1,300 organizations and trained over 6.5 million people around the world. Security awareness training content is translated into over 20 languages and built by a global network of the world's most knowledgeable cyber security experts. Organizations trust that SANS Security Awareness content and training is world-class and ready for a global audience. The SANS Security Awareness program includes everything security awareness officers need to simply and effectively build a best-in-class security awareness program. For more information about training programs, please visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (