IT Security Fundamentals
Members $125/Non-members $250
NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.
The content covered and resources made available in the course have enabled me to immediately train our staff on IT Security. Everything was presented very clearly - the instructor was extremely knowledgeable and the takeaways were immediate and lasting.
– Former Intro to IT Security participant
Uncover potential IT security risks your organization may be facing
Identify common mistakes and bad practices within nonprofits
Learn what practical procedure and process changes you can implement immediately
If you’re storing and working with data regarding members, donors, volunteers, clients, donors, credit cards, and so forth, you are a potential target—and you need to have a solid IT security strategy. Information breaches and other hacks cost organizations significant amounts of money to resolve and damage supporter confidence.
Nonprofits of all sizes are often at greater risk for the following reasons:
- Nonprofits typically lack IT and IT security knowledge.
- Nonprofits tend to have fewer IT-related staffing resources.
- Hackers can steal as much information from 10 small nonprofits as they can from one large business.
In this training, we will provide a general overview of what IT security is and why it’s important. We’ll walk through some bad practices commonly found in nonprofits and the potential security risks in those practices, and we’ll provide some basic procedures and recommendations you can implement immediately.
This course was previously titled Intro to IT Security.
Leon A. Wilson
Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer
The Cleveland Foundation
Leon Wilson serves as the Chief for Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, focusing on strategic initiatives that will help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work. In addition, Leon is responsible for helping to develop and implement an external Cleveland Foundation IT strategy that will focus on elevating Cleveland to become a recognized leader in technology, particularly in the areas of cyber security, big data, and civic tech. Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the foundation and our community.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.
A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.
This is a 90-minute intensive online training. Presented by expert faculty in a state-of-the-art interactive learning environment, there are opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers in real time. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a recording.
Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.
Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits
In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs.
This course qualifies for the following credits:
NTEN Professional Certificate