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Free Cybersecurity Tools to Support Work From Home with COVID-19
COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) is changing how Americans work.  Employees are being faced with the many challenges that come with working remotely, and with that, it's a good idea to keep cybersecurity top of mind.  That means remote employees need to protect their data and devices, just like they would in the workplace.

A number of cyber security vendors are offering organizations free cybersecurity support as COVID-19 scams flourish and over-stretched employees become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Here are a few:

Vectra

Within the SaaS world, Microsoft Office 365 has dominated the productivity space, with more than 180 million users. For many of those users, Microsoft 365 is the core of enterprise data storage and communication, meaning it is an incredibly rich treasure trove. It was only natural Microsoft 365 would become the latest focus of cyber attackers. Even considering the increasing adoption of security postures such as multi-factor authentication (MFA), 40% of organizations still suffer from Microsoft 365 breaches, which is leading to massive financial and reputational losses.

In response to COVID-19, and the influx of remote workers using Microsoft Office 365, Vectra is now offering their services for free through May 31, 2020, to detect account takeovers (ATOs) for Microsoft 365 accounts by identifying:

  1. Infiltration and elevation: Brute force, adding users and privileges to groups, staging malware, etc.
  2. Reconnaissance: accessing files in unusual ways; listing users, files, and shares
  3. Persistence and evasion: installing apps to keep access, changing policy and logging, turning off DLP, etc.
  4. Exfil and destruction: creating mail sinks, sharing and downloading files, etc.

Cognito Detect uses the power of AI, plus threat research, to detect and prioritize in progress attacks in real-time. This SaaS-based program delivers daily reports as well as the support of Vectra Consulting Analysts.

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Thycotic

Thycotic is offering free downloads of its Cybersecurity for Dummies which delivers a fast, easy read that describes what everyone needs to know to defend themselves and their organizations against cyber-attacks - including simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves at work and at home.  It empowers your employees to understand and recognize the most common cybersecurity threats they face in their daily work and personal lives, and includes topics including:

  • Recognizing cybersecurity threats-even the newest ones
  • Responding to a cyber-attack-quickly, effectively and appropriately
  • The top 10 actions for protecting yourself from a cyber-attack, at work and at home

This 24-page booklet explains in simple terms how cybercriminals target their victims, what employees can do to reduce their risk, and how they can personally make it much more difficult for attackers to steal passwords, and gain unauthorized access to sensitive information.

A copy is available for download here: https://thycotic.com/resources/wileys-dummies-cybersecurity/

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Untangle

Untangle has launched a "COVID-19 resource center" for SMBs, organizations/institutions and individuals to help them continue to secure their network and their employees during this time as many transition outside of the office to working from home.  To help network administrators, business leaders, and employees safely continue their work, Untangle has created a free library of resources to help guide teams through this time.

The resource center can be found here (https://www5.untangle.com/COVID-19) and includes:

  • Reminders for Enabling Employees to Work From Home to Combat COVID-19
  • CHECKLIST: Identifying Phishing Emails
  • GUIDE: Best Practices for VPN Connectivity for Employees
  • GUIDE: Preparing Your Home Network for eLearning
  • GUIDE: Keep Students Safe While Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Crisis
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WatchGuard Technologies

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide, WatchGuard is making the following resources available that can help in the quick transition to a productive and secure remote workforce.

  • Free multi-factor authentication services for 120 days for up to 250 users. This is normally part of WatchGuard Passport, a bundle of user-focused security services designed to block phishing attempts, enforce web policy, and authenticate people anywhere in the world.
  • Free DNS filtering service (which can protect users from phishing attacks and enforce web policies) for 120 days for up to 250 users.
  • Free licenses for WatchGuard's FireboxV cloud-hosted firewall. Cloud-hosted firewalls can help to load-balance VPN traffic destined for HQ and scale to accommodate the connections any company requires. To help companies get through the surge of VPN traffic, WatchGuard is offering FireboxV licenses free for 120 days. Three mobile VPN options are supported and available to accommodate specific customer needs.

 More details and links to activate these services are available at https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-solutions/remote-worker 

Published Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:08 AM by David Marshall
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