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20NTC Session Proposal

Beyond Phishing: Staying Safe When You are a Target


Most nonprofits need to worry about phishing and brute-force attacks, but some need to worry about much more. Learn about advanced security threats facing nonprofits who have more than the run-of-the-mill adversaries. Discuss “man-in-the-middle,” “evil-maid,” “side-channel,” “rom-tampering,” and other advanced threats. With some work it’s possible to protect yourself even from government and politically-motivated attackers. This session will educate but cut through the fear-mongering and help your organization understand where to focus its efforts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the emerging cyber security threats relevant to their own organization
  • Better prepare staff when traveling in risky areas
  • Create mitigations based on actual attack methods rather than general concerns


Sam Chenkin

Director of Consulting

Tech Impact

Sam is the Director of Consulting Services at Tech Impact, a US based nonprofit providing support to the global nonprofit community. In this role they help organize the 10 person consulting staff as they help nonprofits focus on their mission. The team supports hundreds of nonprofits every year as they make decisions about their technology strategy, build data systems, and understand their data.

Sam’s responsibility is to help the nonprofit community think creatively about technology and find ways to harness it for true social change. Sam has a technical background and expertise in Office 365, Cloud Security, AI and ML, Salesforce, and other data and infrastructure related areas.

Sam uses they/them/theirs pronouns and can be reached at

Ken Montenegro

Information Technology Director

Advancing Justice Los Angeles

Ken Montenegro is a technologist with twenty years of experience working with nonprofit and social change groups to securely leverage technology for their mission-driven work. Ken also holds a law degree.

He has been employed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles; Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles; Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles; Maternal and Child Health Access; and the Northeast Valley Health Corporation. He has also worked with numerous other groups on a contract basis. Ken is also a board member of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center; the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN); and is National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild.

Ken brings a commitment to meaningful social change and insight on areas of compliance and security that are not theoretical but experience based. He also brings a passion for understanding process because people power is the foundation of impactful technology adoption.

Ken was born, raised, and remains rooted in Los Angeles. You can learn more about him at





March 13, 2019


3:15pm – 4:30pm

CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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