Free Cyber Security Tools

The U.S. cybersecurity agency, CISA has recently compiled a list of Free Cyber Security Tools and services for the organizations through which they can efficiently increase their security and defend against several cyberattacks.

The list that is provided by the CISA contains open source tools and services only from both public and private organizations.

While CISA has asserted that they will keep updating their list since it’s an active living project. Even they will also allow third-party organizations to nominate their tools and services for the inclusion of their tools on this list of CISA.

Here’s what the Director of CISA, Jen Easterly stated:-

“CISA is super proud to announce the start of a new catalog of free resources available to those critical infrastructure owners and operators who would benefit from tools to help their security and resilience. Many organizations, both public and private, are target-rich and resource-poor. 

“The resources on this list will help such organizations improve their security posture, which is particularly critical in the current heightened threat environment. This initial catalog will grow and mature as we include additional free tools from other partners.”

Categories of Tools and Services

In total, the list provided by the CISA contains 97 free tools and services that are provided by several organizations like:-

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • VMware
  • IBM
  • Mandiant
  • Cisco
  • Secureworks
  • Cloudflare
  • Center for Internet Security
  • CrowdStrike
  • Tenable
  • AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Kali Linux Project
  • Splunk
  • SANS
  • Palo Alto Networks

Moreover, the cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has categorized all the tools and services into four categories, here they are mentioned below:-

  • Decreasing the probability of a damaging cyber incident.
  • Quick detection of malicious activity.
  • Responding to each and every confirmed incident effectively.
  • Maximizing strength and stability.

Recommendations

The U.S. cybersecurity agency, CISA has recommended some security measures for the organizations to set a foundational cybersecurity program. And here are the security measures offered by the CISA:-

  • Patch all the known security flaws in software that are exploited.
  • Always enable multi-factor authentication.
  • Stop using any software or tools that are outdated and no longer supported by their developers.
  • Always use strong and complex passwords that you have never used before.
  • Sign up for and use the Cyber Hygiene Vulnerability Scanning service of CISA.
  • Make sure to reduce the internet attack surfaces.

Click here to browse the list of free security tools and services.

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