Cybersecurity for Not-for-Profit Organizations

September 26, 2019

By Morgan Piscitelli

Technology has become one of the most valuable assets an organization can have. But technology can only be effective if it is secured and regularly monitored by the organization.

It is estimated that the average cost of a data breach will be over $150 million by 2020, with the global annual cost forecast to be $2.1 trillion. And not-for-profits are not immune to these threats.

Not-for-profits have a lot of information that is valuable to hackers such as:

  • Donor information and mailing lists, which includes donor banking and credit card information
  • Association member information
  • Board member information
  • Parent/student information Medical records

Knowing how to protect this information is vital for a not-for-profit to survive.

Some proactive security assessment services not-for-profits can consider when looking into cybersecurity for their organization are:

Cyber Risk Assessments

Utilizing National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) information security standards, performing an assessment to gauge cyber risk today and help identify areas for improvement.

Information  Security Effectiveness Reviews

Assessing the effectiveness of current information security measures against malware, unauthorized IT tool installations and other risky end-user computer activities across all OS platforms using non-invasive scripts that collect information.

Information  Security Policies  and Procedures Support

Conducting a review of organization-wide policies and procedures and creating or updating policies as needed.

Security Awareness and Training

Providing full-service employee information security awareness training.

Network and Application Vulnerability Testing and Scanning

Conducting appropriate network penetration and vulnerability assessments and/or application code review as needed.

CISO Support Services

Procuring experienced interim or permanent Chief Information Security Officer candidate referrals as a bridge measure to ensure continued information security organizational stability.

Speak to your trusted advisors about finding help for the services above. It’s critically important that you protect your organization and your members and donors.

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