Catchy holiday tunes aren’t the only thing that can get stuck in your head—for a small business, it’s hard to turn the volume down on growing threats.

At Defendify, we wanted to help silence some of those fears and spread a little cyber-cheer with a timely holiday cyber-checklist. So we're bringing you twelve modules of yuletide joy. ‘Tis always the season for strong cybersecurity!

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12 – Cybersecurity Assessment Tool

Taking inventory of what ingredients you have on hand (and what you still need) is key to planning a holiday meal and to cybersecurity. The Defendify Cybersecurity Health Checkup allows you to examine the cybersecurity systems and procedures that your organization has in place. Once you know where you stand, you can start to strengthen your security posture holistically.

11 – Technology & Data Use Policy Builder

Think of your company’s technology like the fragile ornaments on a tree. When treated with care, technology can make life beautiful, but a slip-up can wreak havoc. Build a strong Technology and Data Use Policy, and ask employees to sign it, to help define and enforce guidelines around security.

10 – Incident Response Plan Builder

Even after taking precautions, sometimes you can’t be prepared for that icy walkway or sneaky phishing email. Build an Incident Response Plan to help you recover quickly in the unfortunate case of an incident, including the steps to take, when to take them, and who on your team is responsible for what.

9 – Ethical Hacking

Every so often, remember to have ethical hackers dance around your network to find and report on security holes. Manual, exhaustive penetration tests by trained ethical hackers identify where your organization is most vulnerable to criminal hackers so you can remediate and build reinforcements.

8 – Threat Alerts System

Unfortunately, cybersecurity doesn’t take holidays. Defendify keeps you in-the-know about new incidents, attacks, stories, and threats that could impact your business. The more informed you are, the better position you'll be in to protect yourself and your company.

7 – Phishing Simulation Tool

Deep below the seven swans a-swimming reside sneaky phishing emails waiting to slip into your employees’ inboxes. Keep your team prepared with unannounced phishing simulations from Defendify. If an employee clicks a simulated attack, they’ll be educated on-the-spot about how to avoid legitimate phishing attempts.

6 – Security Awareness Training Videos

The holidays only come once a year, but your employee training shouldn’t. Regular, engaging cybersecurity training videos—each with a short quiz to help encourage retention—keep your employees thinking about cybersecurity all year long.

5 – Security Awareness Poster Library

Deck your halls with creative, engaging cybersecurity posters! Download to help you reinforce cybersecurity awareness around important terms and topics. Cybersecurity posters are great for display at your facilities, but also work well in emails, flyers, and documents.

4 – Security Awareness Training Webinars

Get the “family” (your team!) together once a year or more often to engage through classroom-style online education. Defendify’s web-based video training presents best practices using straight talk, not tech talk.

3 – Stolen Password Scanner

The internet is home to many real-life Grinches who buy and sell stolen credentials on the Dark Web. Defendify's Stolen Password Scanner will detect employee compromised information so passwords can be changed before accounts are broken into.

2 – Network Vulnerability Scanner

You can’t afford to spend the holidays fighting off intruders like Kevin McAllister in Home Alone. Defendify’s Vulnerability Scanner checks your company network for potential weaknesses, such as out-of-date software, malware, or misconfigured settings, so you can work to shore them up before they are exploited by cyber-burglars.

1 – Website Scanner

Your company website is your online home, and as a welcoming host or hostess, you want to know if something isn’t quite right. The Defendify Website Scan checks for malicious activity, blacklisting, intrusions, security warnings, and more on your website so you can put your best boot forward.

When you deploy multiple layers of cybersecurity protection, you help protect your company holistically against bad actors and cyber-threats. This year, consider adding the Twelve Modules of Defendify to your wish list: it may be what your business is asking for and a partridge in a pear tree!

Stay Safe,

Your Friends @ Defendify