Security awareness

Top 20 security awareness posters with messages that STICK

August 24, 2020 by Chris Sienko

Security awareness posters with messages that STICK

The importance of security awareness in modern business practice can’t be overstated. It needs to be a priority in every security plan. Each employee is a front-line defender against incoming threats, and the danger comes in the most unexpected way. That’s why so much money is put into security awareness training for employees.

Unfortunately, it only takes one careless decision on the part of an employee to roll out the red carpet for hackers and scammers. While the importance of security awareness training should always be front and center, these posters, when properly hung, displayed, sent remotely, and deployed, can provide that little memory jog, that flash of recognition that could mean the difference between breached and secure. 

Here is a close look at 12 of the very best posters to remind your staff of the best security strategies for every situation. And stick around until the end to find out how to acquire 20 security awareness posters that you can use for your home, office, or to send to your team!

“When you’re ahead of the game, you can’t be gamed”

Face it — we’re all spending a LOT more time at home now, and many of us will be for the foreseeable future. With the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently disrupting work, social, and family life, more and more interactions with the outside world will be passing through your home network. Following these 10 steps will help you stay cyber-secure at home, whether you’re working, relaxing, or staying in touch.

“Protecting devices and media”

Even in the best of times, it pays to make sure that everything you own that connects to the internet is safe. But now that more of your life passes through devices, it’s up to you to keep them secure! This poster will give you some handy ways to get started. You can become safer in just minutes!

“10 ways to protect your data”

Once you’ve secured your home network and devices, make sure you know where all your data sits, how it’s stored, and who does (or doesn’t) have access to it. A few careful changes to your default settings and online experience can mean the difference between secure data and an insecure future.

“Junk the junk”

A lot of people don’t like Spam (the food), but NOBODY likes Spam (the email nuisance). Nobody except cyber-criminals, that is! Spam isn’t just annoying — it can contain scams and fraud attempts. Use this handy guide to keep your inbox clean and your peace of mind intact. Heck, maybe celebrate with a Spam sandwich!

“How to recognize a malicious attack”

Spam isn’t the only thing hiding in your inbox, and even the best spam filters can’t filter it all out. Emails with suspicious attachments can contain payloads that could destroy your computer, your privacy, your credit rating, and worse. Don’t live in fear of malicious downloads: know how to spot them and safely kick ‘em to the trash!

“Recognize and combat social engineering”

Social Engineering is a way to sneak things like malware or viruses past our defense systems. It does this because it’s designed to make us act before we think. It could be a critically unpaid invoice that needs attention, someone on the phone who needs the company card number for an emergency purchase, or your bank wanting to get your account number over the phone because of a suspected breach. These situations are red flags; study this poster and you’ll have a plan of action you can execute in a heartbeat.

“Common types of phishing attacks”

In the old days, you might get a strange, half-intelligible email with an Amazon logo in the corner, asking you to “please cilk here to verify your Amzaon account,” chuckle a bit, and send it straight to the trash. But it’s hard to deny that phishing emails have been getting more effective and can now be indistinguishable from the real thing! Bad spelling and unconvincing formatting are no longer the only warning signs you need to look out for. Read this poster and get to the core of how phishing works and how to avoid it.

“How to spot malicious attachments”

A text-only email can be dangerous enough — it could get you to click a suspicious link, cause you to engage in dangerous behavior with your personal information, and more. But email attachments are a distinct and massive threat all unto themselves. Fighting them takes common sense — were you expecting this invoice or PDF? Does anything look out of the ordinary? Reinforce your knowledge of dangerous file extensions with this poster, which names all the monsters that can be hiding inside that tiny little file.

“Tips for spotting SMishing and vishing”

Most of us get half a dozen calls or texts a day from numbers that don’t look familiar or strange requests to update software on our phones. Before you hit that link, STOP, and check this guide to safe smartphone etiquette.

“Top 9 Coronavirus scams” [2 pages]

Everybody wants this pandemic to end — that’s a given — and a lot of people need financial or health relief now. But remember: if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Check out this poster for some commonly-spotted COVID-19 scams and protect yourself from racing into an even worse situation.

“10 tips to recognize insider threats”

With employees working from home and new hires coming on via unconventional ramp-ups, the possibility for insider threats is as strong as ever, maybe even more so. If you think something’s amiss in your company, check these common red flags to make sure there isn’t an enemy within.

“Top nine indicators of Business Email Compromise (BEC)”

If your supervisor tells you he needs your time-off sheets from the past six months, that probably wouldn’t arouse much suspicion. But what if the head of the company emails you to say that he needs you to deposit several million dollars in an unverified bank account? It may be scary to push back against what seems to be a person in great authority, but as you can see in this poster, there are ways to tell if that request really is what it seems to be. Ask questions, get the answer directly from the person, and double-check everything. The fate of the company, its reputation, and even your job could be on the line!


And just like that, you now have 12 more tools in your security toolbox! From phishing to cell phone scams, COVID to home network security, the future can look a lot safer when you help your staff read and apply these tips to their work and home networks and make them a daily part of their cyber-secure workday.

But here’s even better news for the safety of your home and office: You can click above to get TWENTY Security Awareness posters, including the twelve highlighted above and eight more as a bonus, that you can save, print, and send to your team. Click the graphic above to get all twenty posters!

Posted: August 24, 2020
Chris Sienko
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