Free Cybersecurity Tools and Services from CISA

Did you know that the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), as part of the their continuing mission to reduce cybersecurity risk across U.S. critical infrastructure partners and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, offers free resources and tools to Federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as public and private sector organizations?

Yes, it is true!

Whether you’re a small business owner, a critical infrastructure operator, or an individual looking to enhance your cyber resilience, CISA’s offerings can provide invaluable support. Here’s a closer look at the free assistance provided by CISA and how you can benefit from it.

1. Cyber Hygiene Services

CISA offers a suite of Cyber Hygiene Services designed to help organizations identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks. These services include vulnerability scanning, phishing campaign assessments, and remote penetration testing. By leveraging these tools, organizations can proactively identify potential weaknesses in their networks and systems, allowing them to address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited by malicious actors.

Key Features:

  • Vulnerability Scanning: Regular scans to identify and remediate potential security weaknesses.
  • Phishing Campaign Assessment: Simulated phishing attacks to evaluate and improve employee awareness and response.
  • Remote Penetration Testing: Comprehensive testing to identify and address security gaps.

2. Cybersecurity Assessments and Evaluations

CISA provides various assessments to help organizations understand their cybersecurity posture and improve their defenses. These assessments are tailored to different sectors and organizational sizes, ensuring relevant and actionable insights.

Key Offerings:

  • Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA): A thorough evaluation of an organization’s cybersecurity practices, identifying areas for improvement.
  • Cyber Resilience Review (CRR): A structured assessment to evaluate operational resilience and cybersecurity capabilities.
  • External Dependency Management (EDM) Assessment: Focuses on managing risks associated with external partners and supply chains.

3. Cybersecurity Training and Awareness Programs

Education and awareness are critical components of effective cybersecurity. CISA offers a range of training programs and resources to help individuals and organizations stay informed about the latest cyber threats and best practices.

Available Resources:

  • Cybersecurity Training and Exercises: Interactive training modules and simulated exercises to enhance cybersecurity skills.
  • Webinars and Workshops: Regularly scheduled events covering a wide array of cybersecurity topics.
  • Awareness Campaigns: Initiatives to promote cybersecurity awareness, such as the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

4. Information Sharing and Collaboration

Collaboration and information sharing are vital for effective cybersecurity. CISA facilitates this through various platforms and initiatives, enabling stakeholders to share threat information and best practices.

Key Initiatives:

  • Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS): A platform for sharing cyber threat indicators between the government and private sector.
  • Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs): Sector-specific centers that facilitate the sharing of threat information and mitigation strategies.
  • National Cyber Awareness System (NCAS): Alerts and bulletins to keep the public informed about emerging cyber threats.

5. Technical Assistance and Incident Response

In the event of a cyber incident, CISA provides technical assistance and support to help organizations respond effectively and recover quickly. This includes on-site and remote assistance, as well as guidance on best practices for incident response.

Services Provided:

  • Incident Response Teams: Expert teams that assist with cyber incident response and recovery.
  • Technical Assistance: Guidance on mitigating the impact of cyber incidents and preventing future occurrences.
  • Cybersecurity Advisories: Regular updates and advisories on emerging threats and vulnerabilities.
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For more information on CISA’s free assistance and to access these valuable resources, visit the CISA website.