Topic: Security

DIY PCI compliance: What nonprofits need to know to protect their donors

March 14, 2018
Becoming PCI compliant is imperative, especially as more organizations’ data practices face increased scrutiny. While all the rules and regulations sound extremely technical, PCI compliance is not just an IT function—it involves buy-in from leadership and the entire organization.
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PCI compliance and PCI DSS: A brief primer that may save your organization

January 24, 2018
PCI compliance is a phrase fairly unknown to most people, but one that can send chills down the back of those familiar with e-commerce and online donations. If your nonprofit sells anything or accepts donations, here's what you need to know to make sure the service you use to accept those funds is PCI compliant.
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6 steps to implement a password manager at your nonprofit

June 20, 2017
Back in 2012, we implemented an organization-wide password manager here at NTEN, finally replacing our comically insecure “Shared Passwords” document, and the all-too-common practice of reusing the same password across a variety of different sites. Five years later, this change may be the most significant stress-reducing and time-saving policy I’ve ever put in place at NTEN since I started working here more than 10 years ago.
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Protect your nonprofit from cyber attacks

May 17, 2017
Nonprofits are at great risk of cyber attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack, which infected more than 200,000 computers last week. Get the 4-1-1 about internet security from a nonprofit expert.

IT security: a Q&A with expert Leon Wilson

April 19, 2017
What is IT security, exactly, and what's the worst that can happen? Most pressingly: How can often cash-strapped nonprofit organizations keep their information—and their clients' or donors' information—safe and sound? IT expert Leon Wilson answers some questions.
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Seven Deadly Weaknesses of Nonprofit Security

November 28, 2016
Good security doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Here are some tools and tips on the most common security weaknesses—and how nonprofit leaders can address them.
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Yes, Nonprofits Get Scammed, Too

October 17, 2016
With social engineering, you can’t avoid being a target, but you can avoid being a victim.

Assessing risk: How to protect your most valuable data

March 21, 2016
Many nonprofits are nervous about their information security, and understandably so. Even large and well-financed organizations, such as the NSA, The White House, Target, Chase Bank, Home Depot, and Sony, have all been hacked. And if they can’t protect their data, even with their extensive resources and high-priced IT experts, how can a small nonprofit possibly protect its information?

An IT Director’s Guide to Securing Your Data

November 6, 2014
With annual giving campaigns taking place soon, now is an ideal time for a self-assessment of nonprofit information security and privacy, and to address gaps.