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SANS #SecureTheFamily

This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, SANS encourages you to extend your security awareness programs beyond the boundaries of the office by helping your employees and co-workers apply the lessons learned at work to their home networks and devices. Download our #SecureTheFamily Deployment Playbook, which will walk you through step-by-step on how to leverage and deploy the free resources found on this page.

Practical Ways to Stay Safe Online – From Our Experts to Your Home

Promoting this content to your workforce provides an avenue to more persistent cyber-vigilance, and general know-how that will prove beneficial for all parties.
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#SecureTheFamily Infographic | Today’s Connected Home – The Facts and the Risks

We are more digitally connected at home than ever before. Many of us not only have smartphones and smart devices but smart homes as well. Gadgets such as ‘personal assistant’ devices and smart speakers and cameras are increasingly popular. Our kids may have newer phones than we do and may be more likely to know the ins and outs of their devices better as well! All this connectivity has its benefits, but we MUST also be aware of the risks.

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#SecureTheFamily Video Series

#SecureTheFamily features a curriculum developed by Digital Forensics Expert, Cellebrite Senior Director of Digital Intelligence, SANS Senior Instructor, and mother of two Heather Mahalik. In this series, Heather describes how she secures her home while providing practical advice on how to keep your family safe online with a focus on proper device usage and limits for all age groups. Promoting this content to your workforce provides an avenue to more persistent cyber-vigilance, and general know-how that will prove beneficial for all parties

Top Threats to the Home

Anyone’s home can be targeted by a cyber attacker. In this module, digital forensics expert Heather Mahalik identifies the most common threats to home digital security and shows us how to secure a home Wi-Fi network and smart home devices.

Securing Devices

Many parents face difficulty in striking an appropriate balance between security and accessibility regarding their children and teens’ digital devices. In this module, digital forensics expert Heather Mahalik discusses the security risks associated with kids’ devices, as well as common-sense steps parents can take to secure devices by type and operating system.

Backing Up Your Digital Information

Backing up our digital information consistently is crucial in order to protect ourselves and our families in cases of device crashes, attacks, and other emergencies. In this module, digital forensics expert Heather Mahalik discusses the ins and outs of backing up data, including the use of cloud storage providers, scheduling regular automatic backups, understanding where data is going, and talking to family members about backups, password managers, and other important data security measures.

Balancing Your Children’s Privacy Online

Our children and teens are spending more time than ever online. In this module, digital forensics expert Heather Mahalik discusses screen time limits and outlines the risks associated with kids’ online activities, including cyberbullying, social media use, video gaming, and the concept of the digital footprint

#SecureTheFamily Tip Sheets

Add an extra level of engaging and practical material with these free tip sheets to help learners put expert guidance into practice.
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#SecureTheFamily Deployment Playbook | Strategies and tips to get the most from this program

The #SecureTheFamily kit equips you to better educate your workforce on established techniques to secure their home devices and personal data, as well as how parents can protect their children and teens online. The guide outlines the materials included and provides suggestions on how to deploy it.

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