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Image of the Week - Protect your identity - the comics said so!

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Believe it or not, one of the leading causes of security vulnerabilities is the apt and malicious use of social engineering.

That's what Sukamol Srikwan Jakobsson and Markus Jakobsson aim to address using cartoons such as the one pictured above.

Srikwan Jakobsson and Jakobsson are both adjunct professors at Indiana University-Bloomington's School of Informatics. The two crusading researchers co-authored a paper about the cartoons entitled "Using Cartoons to Teach Internet Security," published in Cryptologia, vol. 32, no. 2.

Their "About" page states:

Some people believe that security education is pointless, and that technology alone can address security problems. They point to previous failures to communicate important advice, and argue education is like nailing jelly to the wall. Others, mostly people who read source code, underestimate the difficulties normal Internet users have in making meaningful security decisions, and think that it is just a matter of paying attention. We disagree with both. Security education is important and possible. But it is not easy. To hear more about our beliefs, listen to Bill and Bob's recent Security Hype Podcast (

—Miriam Boon, iSGTW


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