Course: Intro to IT Security

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 on 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.

Learning Objectives
You will be able to…

  • 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.

Course Timeline

Course Timeline
Course readings and pre-course quiz are available Sunday and due before the live event.
The live event takes place Wednesday at 11am PST (recording will be available shortly after).
Homework is due the following Sunday. Faculty provide feedback within a week.

Professional Credential Units
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 1 | CFRE 3 | CAE 1.5

Speaker: Leon Wilson
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.