IT Security Fundamentals

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

Appreciated this information! It was good validation for our own internal systems and piqued my interest and ideas for future enhancements. The presenter was good at keeping the audience engaged the whole time, and spoke clearly and informatively. Kudos for a great presentation!
Former Intro to IT Security Participant

Course Overview


Uncover potential IT security risks your organization may be facing

Critical Thinking

Identify common mistakes and bad practices within nonprofits

Process Management

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.

Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.

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



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