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Protecting your organization from data breaches is a crucial undertaking for today’s nonprofits, especially as the capture of constituent information makes nonprofits a key target for cybercriminals. When a data breach occurs, there is always an impact on the organization that could range from lost sales opportunities to negative PR in the marketplace. Nonprofits have additional concerns: if their databases are compromised, they risk losing the support of the constituents that they serve. This can have a ripple effect felt throughout the communities with a potential reduction in giving, making it challenging for the nonprofit to fulfill its mission. While data security may not seem like a priority for funding, it’s crucial that nonprofits consider ways to tighten security measures with training and proactive monitoring of data and business systems.
Many nonprofits engage in operations which can make them a more attractive target to hackers such as accepting donations online, maintaining a database of donor information or storing event registrations. Any storage of personally identifiable information (PII) can make your nonprofit extremely attractive to cybercriminals who sell this information to the highest bidder. What’s frightening is that you might have excellent data storage facilities and software, but could still experience a breach through the actions or inattention of staff members who click on an infected email or share their password with others. Training, monitoring and reporting all need to be in place to help protect your nonprofit from the negative effects of data breaches.
There are layers of implications when your organization experiences a data breach. From assessing the extent of the damage to ensuring that your operations are able to continue, there are many moving parts to plan and execute before your IT team is able to return to normal daily activities. This is especially difficult if you do not have the support of a proactive IT managed services partner. Here are a few of the ways you can protect your nonprofit from data breaches.
Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for organizations of all sizes and types, but nonprofits may be particularly vulnerable due to their unique staffing situations and budgetary constraints. Protecting the security of these constituents means these organizations may need to invest in expertise to update their IT infrastructure and security training. Are you ready to optimize operational efficiency and information security? Contact the professionals at CIO Advise today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.