Cybersecurity Toolkit for 2023

Written by Rich Elliott

January 4, 2023

Turn your company’s digital security from zero to hero with Cybersecurity Toolkit.

While we’ve been handing our tricks on our Twitter page all month, we’d love the opportunity to hand out a treat in the form of a Cybersecurity Toolkit.  The toolkit to follow can be adapted into your own cybersecurity awareness program to increase the cognitive capabilities of your staff in recognizing, identifying, and avoiding risks associated with the seven cybersecurity concerns we outlined last week.  Enjoy your treats.

Continuous Dark Web Monitoring

As we went over in the last blog, the dark web can be a terrifying place. Cybercriminals use it as a home base for malware attacks, phishing schemes, and all sorts of other digital terror activity. It’s not recommended that you ever delve into that part of the Internet, but you should know if your data is being passed around down there. A dark web monitoring service will alert you if certain emails, names, passwords, usernames, and more appear in the deep web. This will give you the chance to change passwords or backup data before an attack occurs. A service like this could save you from having your identity stolen down the line.

Simulated Phishing

Over 1/5 of all data breaches involved phishing schemes in some way (source), so there is never too much protection against it. In a phishing simulation, you and your employees will receive fake phishing emails disguised as real emails to help you learn how to identify when you are being scammed. If you fall for the phishing scam, often you are prompted to take a training course on how to avoid them in the future. But congratulating those who pass is just as important as educating those that don’t. Positive reinforcement and gamification are invaluable aspects of simulated phishing that make it that much more effective. This tool builds habits that will only benefit your company in the long run.

Email Analysis Tool

Phishing attacks are one of the most prevalent scams on the Internet. Not only that but they can be very hard to catch if you are not paying attention. With an email analysis tool, however, you only have to be suspicious of an email to know if it is a phishing attempt. An email analysis tool allows employees to test whether an email has signs of phishing just by clicking a button. Once triggered, these tools tell the employee what parts of the email make it likely to be a phishing attempt and what they can look for in the future. Save IT some time and possibly yourself some grief with a tool that will put the power to uncover phishing schemes into the palm of your hand.

Weekly Micro Training Videos

One of the most important parts of strong cybersecurity is constant and regular training. Many training programs provide an annual training course that covers the basics, but if you let that information fall into the recesses of your mind it isn’t going to do you any good. That’s why short weekly training can be extremely helpful for your business. Reminding your employees every week of the dangers that lurk on the Internet and the ways with which they can combat them is extremely important. These trainings will also keep your employees informed on the newest trends of cybercrime. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving so you and your employees must remain constantly educated. These trainings tend to be 5 minutes or less and they are normally sent directly to your inbox. Five minutes for exponentially stronger cybersecurity sounds like a good deal to me!

Gamification & Employee Engagement

As you read through this blog, you may be thinking, there’s NO WAY my busy employees have time for all of this…and there’s no way you have time to nag them the entire way. That’s why a training program that puts gamification and employee engagement first is a HUGE key to a program’s success. That, and participation from upper management of course. When looking for a training program, make sure it’ll make your life easier, not harder. With positive reinforcement, gamified training, and a competitive leaderboard, you’ll do less nagging and more celebrating.

Simplified Management

Implementing a training program can seem daunting. All the time it would take you to rummage through all your employee’s data sounds IMPOSSIBLE. But if you find the RIGHT program that helps you, and doesn’t hurt you, you’ll be on your way to secure in no time. Find a program that simplifies all the messy metrics into one, easy-to-understand risk score to help your management team understand where their company’s cybersecurity stands. No more data overwhelm just one score indicating whether an employee is high, medium, or low risk and how to improve. Adding a metric to your employee evaluations has never been easier.

Security Risk Assessment

You can’t fix a leaky roof if you don’t know where the water’s coming from. You can’t repair your engine if you don’t know what broke. It’s impossible to fix a problem if you don’t know what the problem is. That is where a Security Risk Assessment comes in. This examination will tell you where the holes in your cybersecurity are and how best to plug them up. There’s no point in guessing with something as important as cybersecurity, go through an SRA to get a more confident answer.

Anything can happen at any time. Be prepared.

All these tools will keep your staff on their toes and prevent your business from falling victim to the next digital villain’s master scheme. The only thing we’re asking of you is to have the foresight to open the toolkit and use them.

And you don’t need to go far when we’ve got everything that you need right here! Third Octet can provide everything mentioned above so that your company never has to worry about cybersecurity again.

To learn how your company get can get the jump on cybercriminals with easy-to-use solutions that are automated, cost-effective and proactive, give us a call today.  And, as a matter of fact, many of the components noted in the Cybersecurity Toolkit may already be an entitlement, especially for Microsoft 365 customers.  You’re just not using them.  We can help with that.

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