About Think Security First!

About Us

More than 35 years in security and privacy around the world has given us unique perspective and taught us some invaluable lessons.

And the most important lesson of all is that it’s all about people. Security is essentially, fundamentally, all about people.

We call it "people–centered security."

That’s what we do.

Here's how we do it.


First - Our Mission

It's a simple mission - we want to provide security education and training that is either affordable or free, so that budget is never an obstacle to a cyber resilient workforce.


Our employee training philosophy

Whatever outcome you’re looking for in your employee security awareness program, you have to start by engaging your employees. And that may be the hardest first step.

The best way to engage employees is to make training relevant and personal. We make employee security awareness personal in two very important ways.

  • We connect security challenges in the workplace to the kind of security most employees actually do care deeply about – personal security issues, like identity theft, privacy, keeping their kids safe online, protecting their parents from scams.
  • We turn employee security awareness into an employee benefit, by giving your employees access to one of the top consumer experts who can help them protect themselves and their families from the most common personal security threats.


Employee Security Awareness Programs

The results are in and overwhelming. Your employees are your first, best, and cheapest line of defense against data and security breaches. Or they can be the next breach. It’s your call.  Our solution is pretty unique, not to mention so affordable that budget won’t even be an issue. Our approach is to make awareness interesting, immersive, and personal. Very, very personal. Learn More.


Executive Briefings

Running any business is tough, and it’s a full time job. But so is security. The average SMB is attacked an average of 44 times every day. Somewhere, lurking on your payroll, is a mistake waiting to happen, and a single security or privacy mistake could cost you dearly. Our Executive Security Briefings will help you navigate your way through the increasingly dense jungle of security and privacy challenges, and help you create that cherished culture of security that will be your best defense.


Speaking and On Site Presentations

Think Security First! Founder Neal O’Farrell has been teaching and talking about security for decades. In 1988 he co-hosted with IBM one of Europe’s first Network Security Conferences. He has spoken about security, privacy, fraud prevention, and leadership for a variety of audiences including Facebook, the National Association of Secretaries of State, Ameriprise, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Bank, U.S. Trust National Privacy Day, and American Century Insurance.


ACT - Accelerated Cybersecurity Training

The critical shortage in trained cybersecurity specialists is both a national and business security crisis, and waiting is not an option. Think Security First! is developing an Accelerated Cybersecurity Training program that will put candidates through six months of full time, live, and in-depth training in both security and privacy, with certifications in both, and a solid mix of classroom education, real-world training, and live hacking exercises. The result will be a steady pipeline of workforce-ready, entry-level security pros ready to hit the ground running.


Security Champion Program

Did we mention that your best defense might already be on your payroll? And amongst your employees are Security Champions – those individuals who really get security and privacy, the bigger picture, and want to champion that message across your organization. We are your Champion’s Champion. Our Security Champion Program will support your security champions with training, tools, and forums so they’re never alone in making their workplace as safe and secure as it can be.


Custom Training

We can provide customized versions of our Think Security First! training program, ranging from adding your branding and messaging throughout, to customizing the content to match your security messages and policies, to building bespoke training programs just for you.


Giving Back For Greater Awareness

Our One-For-One program donates a complete security awareness program to a school or non-profit every time we make a sale. Our Schooled In Security Program encourages schools to steer students to studies and careers in security to help fill the critical national cyber skills gap. And as Executive Director of the nonprofit Identity Theft Council, Neal O’Farrell has led the fight against the #1 consumer crime and fear. A crime fuelled by data breaches. At smaller firms. Triggered by employees. It’s all connected.



Did we mention we’re video geeks too? We have our own fully equipped studio, with a growing inventory of cameras, lighting, audio, and props, as well as extensive editing suites and capabilities, and a team of experienced videographers, producers, lighting, and sound professionals. In 2013 Neal produced and directed “In the Company of Thieves,” a documentary featuring jailhouse interviews with notorious identity thieves and scam artists, and supported by Experian. He also appeared in the Discovery Channel’s Investigation Discovery series.