How to Secure Your Business for Free [Free Security Tools]

Many companies, especially small businesses or startups, start off with an information security program that relies on free security tools.

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in setting up a security program is, and will forever be, money. Budget is always the biggest obstacle to improving security. However, people believe this myth that having a security program means that they have to break the bank.

But that’s not the case. There are so many things that organizations can be doing to run more securely, at no cost.

1. Run Tests

To get the ball rolling on your securing your business, you should first run some tests. Risk assessments and vulnerability scans can help determine where the organization is most exposed.

After that, testing employees on security best practices will give you a general idea of where their basic security knowledge lies.

2. Turn on Free Security Tools You Already Have

Mac and Windows PCs and laptops have security tools built into them. They are often not automatically turned on but the process of turning them on isn’t difficult. Also, CRM software like Salesforce or Hubspot have security tools that are free to use.

3. Research New Security Tools

There are so many free tools at the tips of your fingers. A quick search will lead you to antivirus programs or VPNs. But first, get an understanding of what kind of data the organization will be storing, This will help you to determine which tools you need. While the free tools may not be as strong as the paid versions, they are better than having no security at all.

4. Train Your Staff

We’ve talked in the past about how employees can be the weakest link when it comes to security. A large percentage of breaches happen because people are easily deceived by phishing attacks. There are plenty of resources out there (YouTube) that can be helpful you raise your team’s awareness of phishing and social engineering. It’s much better to find a free cybersecurity awareness training program than to do nothing.

5. Implement Security Policies

Security policies will be helpful in guiding your team through the organization’s guidelines. But if there are no policies in place right now, you can start with a simple set (for free!) As your company grows over time, the policies will be able to be expanded upon.

6. Leadership Takes it Seriously

Having a team that cares about information security is easier to do when management is actively displaying that they are about it as well. If the CEO is not following through on policies then the rest of the team is going to slack off as well. Leaders must prove to their team that this is a serious issue.

Here is a list of free tools that our security experts have approved:

Privacy
HPI Identity Leak

Vulnerability Assessment
OpenVAS Assessment Scanner

Phishing
Phishing Test Google/Jigsaw

Antivirus
Avira Free Security Suite

Passwords
HowSecureIsMyPassword.net

Communication
Signal

Safe Browsing
HTTPS Everywhere

General
Facebook Security Checkup

Google Security Checkup

Network Monitoring
Nmap.org

Intrusion Detection
Security Onion

EasyIDS

Penetration Testing
Kali Linux

Firewall
pfSense.org

Logging
Graylog Open Source

Policy Creation and InfoSec Program Management
Securicy

Okay, that last one is us. We’re proud of what we’ve built and are excited to offer free tools that help businesses improve their security. We’re firm believers that any company should start their information security program out by creating or updating their policies.

If you want more beyond this list — sign up for our free app, try out the policy builder, and check out more tools you can use to secure your business in our Marketplace.

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