If you work in information security, you don’t need our help. For the rest of you, where do you begin? The task can seem daunting to the average user.
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help you, even too many, probably. So where do you start?
Well, how about from the people responsible for securing the nation’s information – the National Security Agency (NSA).
From the NSA Mission Statement:
The Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. The Signals Intelligence mission collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations. This Agency also enables Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.
Surprisingly enough, this agency that lives and breathes secrecy, publishes a wide range of security guides that are completely yours to use for free.
Whether you are an Apple, Windows or Linux user, there are two guides specifically for you at these links:
For the main page where you can browse all of the guides (categories on the left), go to:
These guides are good starting points. Be proactive – don’t wait for something bad to happen.