Welcome to Information Security Help

My name is Siggi Bjarnason, and I am the founder of Infosec Help. You can read all about me on the Biography page. As you will learn there, I have been involved with computers since the very early days of personal computing. Recently I was working on my Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, which deals with online safety and how to secure computer systems, and I noticed a trend in the industry I did not like. The industry seems to be driven by instilling fear, uncertainty, and doubt (or FUD) into the general population. All of it seems to boil down to "Warning! Your life, your house, your family could be at risk! Buy Product X to keep you safe!" The reality is that, yes, we are living in scary times, and if you are not careful, it is easy to be scammed or tricked into doing something you regret. However, to stay safe, you need to understand the threats and know how to handle them. No product is going to just automatically keep you safe.

The other part of the problem is that much of training is again focused on FUD and preaching, a strict arbitrary and condescending sermon doctrine which helps no one.

This is where my new venture comes in. My goal is to develop training that is accessible to everyone. Not just computer experts or the rich and famous, but everyone that uses computers regularly. As you know, that smartphone you're holding as well as iPad's and tablets are modern miniature computers. If you shop online, bank online, use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, you are my target audience. The less you know about those things, the more you will get out of my training, but all skill levels, abilities, and walks of life are welcome. There will be times in my training where you'll go, "I knew that!" and this is a good thing - and by design.

I'm still in the early stages of developing the content. I just wanted to get this site started up and explain what I'm working on. I plan to start by writing a book on the topic, then develop both online and in-person classes. If there is interest, I'd be willing to do live online course as well, in some sort of webinar format. There will also be blog posts. In-person classes will be offered in and around Seattle, WA. In-person classes outside the Seattle area are not out of the question, traveling expenses and logistics make it a much more difficult proposition. My high-level goal is to have this all completed by the end of 2019.

I've signed up with self-publishing site Leanpub and created a profile page for the book. You can find it at https://leanpub.com/onlinesafety/, which is also where you can purchase it. The book is currently available for purchase as a draft version of the book. At this stage, all the content is in the book, just a lot of editing work and cover creation left at this point. All feedback would be greatly appreciated. Details about the specific feedback I'm looking for are on the first page of the book under "about the book."

I hope to have the online class completed and published by the end of August 2019 or early September, and I'm planning on using https://www.udemy.com, to begin with and may expand onto other platforms later. Rest of my plan will happen after I've completed the editing of the book and online classes posted.

I've created a twitter account under @infosechelp where I plan to occasionally tweet, or retweet, things related to this topic. I expect it to be a low volume account, so give it a follow if that is your thing. At this point, that is the only social media I have plans to engage in. Old-fashioned email is always a great choice as well, so if you have questions, you can reach me at siggi@infosechelp.net. Please, no spam, which includes email marketing.