Michael Levin

Security Awareness in the Workplace

In 2007, Michael retired from the United States Department of Homeland Security after a distinguished thirty-year career in law enforcement. Michael served at the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division.

Michael previously served as the Branch Chief of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force program in Washington DC. Michael was a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Special Agent program and worked in computer forensics and cybercrime investigations for over fifteen years.

In 2007, Michael founded the Center for Information Security Awareness – CFISA. The Center for Information Security Awareness was formed by a group of leading academics, security and fraud experts to explore ways to increase security awareness among several audiences, including consumers, employees, businesses and law enforcement.

His passion for securing the nation’s critical infrastructure has led to his tireless efforts to make information security practices interesting, meaningful and relevant at home and at work.

Michael is a security consultant and frequent lecturer for security awareness training, physical security practices, PCI DSS compliance, cybercrime investigations and related topics including methods to enhance public-private partnerships.

Talk Abstract
How do you expect to develop a security plan without employee buy in? How can you make employees accountable for security if you don’t educate them? Without employee buy in and participation your security plan will be a failure!

Many organizations have missed this vital security requirement. New software and hardware solutions will not protect your organization if your employees are clicking on every email, link and attachment they get! With the increase of cybercrime and data thefts, the implementation of security awareness training programs for businesses of all sizes is now a requirement to protect business assets and reduce risk. Recent research studies suggest that approximately 75% of security-related incidents occur as a result of employee behavior.

Ways to provide relevant and current information will be presented to help involve employee participation and confidence in your company security program and best practices. We will discuss employee collaboration and tools to create a better sense of community at work and reduce risk.