Welcome back to IT Pro Tuesday! The latest episode of the Security Swarm Podcast:How to Sell Cybersecurity to the C-Suite,” deviates from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you something of a “soft-skills” training on how to convey the value of such technology to the C-Suite. As cybersecurity professionals, MSSPs, and security vendors, we often get mired down in the weeds of the “tech” involved in the job and struggle to explain this critical protection to decision makers when needed. We’re also looking for your favorite tips and tools we can share with the community… those that help you do your job better and more easily. Please reply or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we’ll be featuring them in the coming weeks. As always, we’re updating the full list on our website here. Enjoy.

A Free Tool

Bpytop is a resource monitoring tool designed for Linux, OSX, and FreeBSD systems. Offers a convenient window on CPU usage, memory consumption, disk and network activity, and running processes. Kindly suggested by PalmPilot_IIIx.

Another Free Tool

ChatGPT Prompt Generator is a clever tool for simplifying the prompt-creation process. Just describe the desired prompt in basic terms and the role you want ChatGPT to simulate, and it will quickly create a well-written prompt to achieve your stated aim. Author codewithbernard explains, “[it] generates complex prompts based on your simple inputs.… the prompt generation is actually handled by ChatGPT API.”

Training Resource

John Hammond’s YouTube Channel provides practical cybersecurity education, including the sort of real-world challenges, mistakes, and problem-solving that go with it. SpectreArrow adds, “Really recommend John Hammond. He has really helped me going down the cyber security rabbit hole.”
John Hammond

Yet Another Free Tool

AstroGrep is an open-source, high-speed search utility for Windows that locates files or text using regular expressions. Features include concurrent searches across various file types, recursive directory exploration, contextual line selection, and the ability to customize results. imallamatoo likes it “for searching through log files from SecureCRT.”

One Final Free Tool

LUMU Free provides real-time detection, analysis, and response capabilities to identify hidden threats that may have slipped past your defenses. Features include network-level visibility, 45-day data retention, and up to 5 metadata collectors. Timely-Lychee-5204 explains, “if you’re looking for something related to threat intelligence and network visibility, Lumu Free offers continuous network monitoring to identify and alert you to potential cyber threats. It’s a great addition to any tech stack for an extra layer of security.”

P.S. Bonus Free Tools

Essential NetTools offers a collection of network scanning, security, and admin utilities that are helpful for monitoring network activities and troubleshooting. It’s a powerful toolkit that can be indispensable for managing a network. Our thanks for this recommendation go to BrewingTee.

RMMmax is a comprehensive, cross-platform toolbox for remote monitoring and management that offers a free plan for up to 15 agents. Enables you to enhance security and optimize performance via APIs that streamline maintenance within a single interface. Training_Skill_810 explains it “offers several add-on tools for MSPs using CWA, Datto, Tactical RMM and Screen Connect. Integrates directly with RMM platform. They have a free usage plan that does not expire on you.”