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Preventing a Hack at Your Organization

In a world where technology is king, it isn’t difficult to have your entire life taken over by a hacker or malware program. As a nonprofit, such a hack can severely affect your organization. According to Elevation “nonprofits are a feeding ground of financial and personal information hackers are eager to prey on,” and no one is more aware of that than the hackers themselves.

Hackers target the nonprofit community because they are mindful that you are probably understaffed and ill prepared to combat their attacks. They are also very aware of the information you have access to, such as donor data, bank information, personal details etc. In “How to Make Sure Your Non-Profit Doesn’t Get Hacked,” Dutiee mentions that beneficial information such as “personally identifiable information (PII) including social security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, and address details allow hackers to re-create identities which are then sold on the underground market.” If such information fell into the wrong hands it could have a detrimental effect on them and your organization.

For these reasons, you must make security a priority at your organization. It’s not a hopeless situation, and there are organizations out there that want to make sure your data is secure and protected. Below are a few articles we’ve rounded up to help get you started:

1. Nonprofit Cyber Security—How to Lock Your Electronic Door

Featured on the Examiner and written by cyber security expert Joseph Steinberg, this article provides 8 straight to the point tips that will help your organization maintain a secure online presence. Tips include encrypting sensitive data and creating proper policies governing who has access to sensitive information.

2. How to Prevent Hacking on Your Nonprofit’s Website

Elevation explains why and how your nonprofit is targeted by hackers, and some quick, low cost tips to prevent a security breach. Tips are as simple as ensuring your employees change their passwords every 6 months. They also provide a great source on how to test your system and internal controls against real hackers that do good.  Hackers for charity is a nonprofit organization that utilizes technology front runners to make a difference by testing the systems of nonprofit organizations for weaknesses.

3. How Your Nonprofit Can Protect Donors From Online Fraud

Web Serves discusses some simple website policies you can put in place to aid you in preventing and spotting phishing on your donor site. They say something as simple as setting a minimum donation amount can throw you a warning sign. “For instance, if you set a minimum donation amount of $10, it would be easier for you to know that if you receive any amount less than that, then it is a sign of some fraud in the making.”

Renata Poe Massie, Content Creator for Jitasa

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