Updated NISC CyberSense tool kit includes animations, digital content and updated marketing materials to spread cybersecurity awareness and safety

Damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. (Cybersecurity Ventures)

The average global cost of cybercrime increased by over 27 percent in 2017. (Accenture)

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Sept. 16, 2019 – Staying safe online and protecting your valuable data and personal information is a struggle for both businesses and families alike. As cybersecurity efforts evolve, so do the tactics of cybercriminals. It is imperative to realize the range of threats go far beyond phishing emails. Apps containing malware, unsecure WiFi networks and hotpots and unlocked devices are increasingly common methods cybercriminals use to gain access to your information.

The cornerstone of cybersecurity is education, and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) wants to give you the tools to help your organization – and family – grow your awareness.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the technology cooperative has added more elements to its CyberSense cybersecurity arsenal, a free educational toolkit available to organizations nationwide.

Designed specifically for rural electric cooperatives, public power utilities and telecommunications companies, the kit includes short animated videos, downloadable bill inserts, social media content and retractable banners.

“Our goal is to leverage our cybersecurity expertise to help our Members protect their critical data,” says Jeff Nelson, NISC general counsel and vice president of Information Security and Risk Management. “Awareness and education are core to our cybersecurity philosophy.”

NISC’s expertise in cybersecurity extends into its software, with a full suite of solutions designed to help Members protect their organizations from attacks, including training modules, detection and response solutions, endpoint protection, perimeter defense tools and vulnerability management solutions.

“Through NISC’s more than 50 years of experience in the tech and software industries, we have gained knowledge and developed practices to secure our network,” says Nelson. “Now we want to share this knowledge with all – from our Members to our communities to non-Members – to contain threats and strengthen us all against cybercrimes.”

The full CyberSense kit is available for download on NISC’s website.

To learn more about how NISC can help you protect organizations from cyberattacks, please reach out to NISC’s Cybersecurity Services Team at cybersecurity@nisc.coop.

About NISC
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 840 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including billing, accounting, operations, automated mailroom services, third-party integration as well as many other solutions. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Shawano, Wis., Austin, Texas, and Blacksburg, Va., NISC and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 professionals between the six locations.

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