Topic: Security

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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.

How Nonprofits Can Ensure Security and Compliance of Sensitive Data in the Cloud

September 19, 2014
The vast majority of nonprofits employ cloud computing in some way, but they may not know or think about it. If you use Gmail, Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live Workspace, Salesforce, or Yahoo mail, you’re in the cloud. The cloud delivers key advantages for nonprofits, who often possess limited funds, space, and IT staff. Still, security and compliance are critical issues; many nonprofits worry just how protected they are and how they can meet compliance regulations.

To BYOD or Not to BYOD: One IT Director’s Take

April 8, 2013
Most IT pros I talk to today have strong feelings about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. Some welcome it as a way for their users to get the latest technology without causing a major hit to the IT budget, while others take a very stern NIMBYapproach. While we, as IT admins, may be repulsed by the idea of devices we do not control on our network, many organizations are moving in this direction.

Fraud Happens: A Practical Guide for Nonprofits to Reduce Their Risk

November 14, 2012
Fraud happens. We know it does. Though not inevitable like death and taxes, fraud is something Americans have come to expect. It shows up in the news almost daily; most heartbreaking of all is news of embezzlement or fraud at nonprofit organizations. In an economic climate that makes every dollar precious, no nonprofit wants to lose 5% of its annual revenue to fraud. But while few organizations can be as secure as Fort Knox, there are some concrete precautions every nonprofit can take to safeguard against fraud.