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Interpol, also known as the International Criminal Police Organization, is the world’s largest international police organization, with seven regional bureaus worldwide and a National Central Bureau in 195 member states. Interpol provides investigative support, expertise, and training to law enforcement worldwide, focusing on three major areas of transnational crime including terrorism, cybercrime, and organized crime. Its broad mandate covers virtually every kind of crime, including crimes against humanity, child pornography, drug trafficking, political corruption, intellectual property infringement, and white-collar crime. Interpol also encourages cooperation among national law enforcement institutions through criminal databases and communications networks. Contrary to popular belief, Interpol is itself not a law enforcement agency. 

An example of what Interpol is capable of is; in mid-2022, they arrested 2000+ suspects from call center organizations across the world that were socially engineering victims out of money through Vishing attacks. Interpol worked to take down command and control computing infrastructure and raided over 1770 locations worldwide. While this certainly won’t stop all social engineering attacks it will greatly reduce their frequency and potentially act as a deterrent for future scammers, for a while. 

What does this mean for an SMB or MSP?

The vast majority of organizations won’t ever interact with Interpol. Most are only familiar with Interpol through the movies. Knowing that they are out there, seeking to protect the Internet and the worldwide community as a policing force to keep organized crime, cybercrime, and human trafficking in check is probably sufficient for most SMBs to know. However, what your company can and must do is become familiar with CyberHoot’s minimum essential cybersecurity recommendations outlined below. They will absolutely help to reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of cyber-crime.

CyberHoot’s Minimum Essential Cybersecurity Recommendations

The following recommendations will help you and your business stay secure with the various threats you may face on a day-to-day basis. All of the suggestions listed below can be gained by hiring CyberHoot’s vCISO Program development services.

  1. Govern employees with policies and procedures. You need a password policy, an acceptable use policy, an information handling policy, and a written information security program (WISP) at a minimum.
  2. Train employees on how to spot and avoid phishing attacks. Adopt a Learning Management system like CyberHoot to teach employees the skills they need to be more confident, productive, and secure.
  3. Test employees with Phishing attacks to practice. CyberHoot’s Phish testing allows businesses to test employees with believable phishing attacks and put those that fail into remedial phish training.
  4. Deploy critical cybersecurity technology including two-factor authentication on all critical accounts. Enable email SPAM filtering, validate backups, and deploy DNS protection, antivirus, and anti-malware on all your endpoints.
  5. In the modern Work-from-Home era, make sure you’re managing personal devices connecting to your network by validating their security (patching, antivirus, DNS protections) or prohibiting their use entirely.
  6. If you haven’t had a risk assessment by a 3rd party in the last 2 years, you should have one now. Establishing a risk management framework in your organization is critical to addressing your most egregious risks with your finite time and money.
  7. Buy Cyber-Insurance to protect you in a catastrophic failure situation. Cyber-Insurance is no different than Car, Fire, Flood, or Life insurance. It’s there when you need it most.

Each of these recommendations, except cyber-insurance, is built into CyberHoot’s product and virtual Chief Information Security Officer services. With CyberHoot you can govern, train, assess, and test your employees. Visit and sign up for our services today. At the very least continue to learn by enrolling in our monthly Cybersecurity newsletters to stay on top of current cybersecurity updates.

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