Yes, you read this title right. And, yes, I know that there is no such thing as a cyber security gym, but this metaphorical title screams REALITY and NECESSITY all at once.
With the ever-growing and ever-increasing roster of cyber threats posed to more cyber security devices than ever, prudent and wise cyber security practices are a muscle we need to build. To build those muscles, we need to attend a figurative Cybersecurity gym.
You want to know what a macro virus is in the middle of the night or know about the various types of social engineering schemes to be aware of including the latest malware suspects.
This article will guide you in joining a cyber security gym to build your cyber security muscles one by one and take your cyber security game to the next level.
Cybersecurity Muscle Number 1: Evaluating Free Trials of an Anti-Malware Suite
The first cyber workout you should engage in on your first day in the cyber security gym is to research reputable cyber security companies with a proven track record. Shortlist three to five firms and download and install their free trials one by one.
Explore and evaluate the product’s user experience and ensure the product is intuitive and meets or exceeds your expectations.
In addition, please review the content provided by the company on their website, such as a cyber security glossary, blogs and more. The content will also tell you a lot about the company.
Cybersecurity Muscle Number 2: Purchasing an Anti-Malware Suite
From the shortlist of comprehensive anti-malware suites, pick the product you feel most comfortable and confident long term and purchase the product with delay to get continued uninterrupted 24/7 proactive real-time cyber threat protection across all your endpoint devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Ensure that other essential add-ons such as browser level protection and a VPN are also included. A VPN will transform your anonymity and privacy level online from low/mediocre to SUPERB.
Cybersecurity Muscle Number 3: Cybersecurity Self-Education
Knowledge is the King, Queen and Throne when building extra-strong CS muscles. Knowledge muscles will enable you to lift heavier awareness weights. Awareness is critical, especially when it comes to social engineering attacks when someone may be trying to psychologically manipulate you as part of one elaborate cyber-attack. Awareness in cyber security is not different than being aware and vigilant when walking in an unsafe neighborhood at night.
Cybersecurity Muscle Number 4: Social Engineering
Engineering is a very important muscle to work on as many successful cyber security attacks use that is a crucial success component. Social Engineering requires no technical sophistication but relatively strong social psychological skills.
Cybersecurity Muscle Number 5: VPN Muscle
Simply put, a VPN will take your privacy to the next level and make you anonymous to your ISP, hackers or any other organization trying to collect information about you. A VPN will encrypt all your traffic end to end even when you are using the most insecure WiFi connection in a public space.