Make cybersecurity a priority for your nonprofit
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Think of the hackers who targeted the foundation’s server as burglars walking the streets of a business district searching for unlocked doors. Cybercriminals don’t care that you’re a nonprofit—a mission-driven organization focused on the causes you serve—they’re just looking for easy pickings. They see an opportunity to access information about your donors, and they gamble on the chance that you are unaware of the threat they pose. Hackers may even target nonprofits, knowing that you have fewer technology resources than your for-profit neighbors and that your staff may have multiple responsibilities in addition to IT.
Unfortunately, nonprofits often lag on cybersecurity. Nonprofit cyberconsultant Community IT says that over 70% of nonprofits have not performed vulnerability assessments, most nonprofits don’t provide regular cybersecurity training to staff, and a majority don’t require multifactor authentication.1