Updated NISC CyberSense tool kit includes new animations, social media content and updated print marketing materials to spread cybersecurity awareness and safety.

Online threats have risen by as much as six-times their usual levels as the COVID-19 pandemic provides new ballast for cyberattacks. (Source: Cloudflare)

Data breaches cost enterprises an average of $3.92 million. (Source: CSO Online)

Staying safe online and protecting your valuable data and personal information is a struggle for both businesses and families alike – and the impact of COVID-19 on businesses moving to work-from-home settings has only escalated the risk. Now more than ever, it is imperative to realize the range of threats go far beyond phishing emails. Apps containing malware, unsecure WiFi networks and hotspots and exploiting improper data sharing techniques are increasingly common methods cyber criminals use to gain access to your information.

The cornerstone of cybersecurity – both in your workplace and in your homes – is education, and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) has developed a comprehensive kit to help your organization – and family – grow their cybersecurity awareness.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and NISC has updated and added more elements to its CyberSense cybersecurity arsenal, a free educational kit 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.

“NISC has more than a half century of experience in the tech and software industries, and we have gained knowledge and developed practices to secure our own network,” said Jeff Nelson, NISC general counsel and vice president of Information Security and Risk Management. “Now we want to share our experience with everyone – from our Members to non-Members to their communities alike – to contain threats and strengthen us all from cybercrimes and ultimately to help our Members protect their critical data.”

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, patch management, perimeter defense tools and vulnerability management solutions.

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

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