Resource for the new reality of work for Axonius customers, employees, and cybersecurity in general.
To say that things are weird – and that weirdness is increasing exponentially – is a profoundly naive understatement. Schools are closing, entire countries are on lockdown, and organizations around the globe are telling employees to stay home.
We’re hearing from customers that security teams across the globe are now like a NASA control-center during a mission to Mars. They’re supporting people who are far away, in unfamiliar environments, with unknown threats.
In the spirit of what Axonius does – gathering data from many different sources, making sense of it, and making it actionable – this post is an attempt to bring together information that is useful to our community.
Bad actors are (unsurprisingly) using the global pandemic as an opportunity, capitalizing on fear and the desire for information to attack hospitals, spread malware through coronavirus maps, and increasing phishing campaigns. The following sources have the latest stories around cybersecurity and coronavirus:
- SC Magazine – SC Media has a section dedicated to the cybersecurity implications of COVID-19, with frequent updates and stories related to our industry.
- Politico Morning Cybersecurity – A daily, free roundup of cybersecurity news.
- The Cyberwire – Daily recaps of cybersecurity news.
- Threatpost – Coverage of APTs, public policy, and more.
- Security Magazine – Cyber and physical security news.
- InfoSecurity – Coverage of coronavirus-related cyber stories and more.
- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – The U.S. Dept of Homeland Security’s site on the Federal cybersecurity response to COVID-19.
Working From Home
With many organizations around the world mandating work from home, here are a few resources with tips on beefing up cybersecurity for remote workers.
- Tips to secure your organization in a work-from-home environment (SANS Institute) – SANS has set up a page with videos from SANS Security Awareness with tips and best practices for working from home.
- 5 Network Security Remedies for Telework (CIS) – Includes CIS Controls Telework and Small Office Network Security as well as high impact actions to improve the security of home networks.
- Protecting against Cybersecurity Threats when Working from Home (Proskauer) – Law firm Proskauer’s post from its new media and tech law blog.
Learning Something New
If you’re looking to learn something new while working from home, the following resources can help:
- Cybrary – Both free and paid courses on security fundamentals, ethical hacking, incident response, and many more.
- ICS-CERT Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s free e-learning portal.
- Open Security Training – Somewhat dated, but a great source for those looking to learn fundamentals of cybersecurity.
- SANS Cyber Aces – Free courses to learn cybersecurity basics.
Keeping the Kids Learning
For those of us with kids that will be home from school for 2-6 weeks, it’s important to keep them learning (and us sane).
- Khan Academy – daily (weekdays) 9am PST/12 EST live streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for students, parents and teachers navigating school closures and many resources.
- ABCMouse – For younger kids (2-8), Age of Learning is offering free access for elementary schools affected by coronavirus. But if your school hasn’t made ABCMouse available for free, you can still do a 30-day free trial.
- Adventure Academy – An online learning program for kids 8-13.
- ReadingIQ – 7,000 books for kids aged 2-12
- 37 Free Online Resources for Schools Shifting Online During Coronavirus – A massive list.
- UNESCO’s List of Distance Learning Solutions – The U.N. Educational, Socratic, and Culture Organization’s comprehensive list of distance learning resources.
How Cybersecurity Can Help
How we can help give back….
- Conquering Covid19 – A gofundme for an engineer and father of twins who contracted COVID-19 during the RSA Conference.
- Charity Navigator’s List – A list of charities with ratings.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy – CDP COVID-19 Response Fund.
- CDC Foundation – The CDC’s Emergency Response Fund.
- Folding@Home – Anyone with a powerful desktop computer can download and run it when their machine is idle to help with calculations related to COVID-19.
Things are going to be weird in cybersecurity for a while. But we’ll get through it. The cybersecurity community is spectacularly weird, incredibly critical, and absurdly generous and supportive. From vendors to practitioners, analysts to pentesters, it’s a community full of people totally dedicated to keeping us safe. Whether we’re trying to secure data or keep people safe from a pandemic, you can be sure the cybersecurity community will show selfless support.
Updated on April 1, 2020:
Introducing Cybersecurity Cares
Following this blog post, our team asked what could we do to make this bigger and more useful? So we launched a new initiative, Cybersecurity Cares, a resource site and community for security professionals to learn, share, and adapt during the Coronavirus pandemic. Visit www.cybersecuritycares.org now to join the community and access free cybersecurity tools (some that are always available for free and other commercial products/services that currently offered for free during the pandemic), resources for parents teaching kids at home, tips for securing a remote workforce, online events & binge-worthy content, up-to-date news related to cybersecurity & COVID-19, and more.