As cybersecurity threats increase across the world, nonprofits are not immune to the danger posed by bad actors looking to gain access to sensitive information. In fact, a recent report found that data breaches among charities in the UK have nearly doubled since GDPR has gone into effect.
This figure is partially due to an increase in the reporting of these breaches (per the new regulations). However, nonprofits in general find themselves at a higher risk for cyberattacks as a result of oftentimes small budgets and limited staff resources.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance). TechSoup is dedicated to providing our community with quality online resources that can be used to keep organizations safe from cyberattacks, ransomware, and data breaches.
Let's take a look at what's happening throughout the month. You can also visit our Essential Security Resources for Nonprofits page to get the big picture of the security solutions TechSoup can offer your organization.
Security Content from the TechSoup Blog
October 1: 12 Steps to Stay Safer Online
We'll be taking a look at some best practices every nonprofit should implement in order to take effective measures against cyberattacks. Tips include how to recognize password scams, best practices to establish at your nonprofit to prevent hackers, and the importance of online backups.
October 5: A Guide to TechSoup's Security Products
If you're in the market for a new security solution, this handy guide will help you make the best decisions for your nonprofit. We've laid out all the security products we offer and included detailed information related to pricing, features, and scale.
October 31: Is the Cloud Safe?
Questions about cloud security are often raised when organizations consider adopting cloud-based apps and services. But though it may seem less safe to host sensitive files and data on an off-site server, cloud computing is usually more secure than traditional on-premises IT infrastructure. In this post, we'll be examining both the risks and the benefits of cloud computing.
Free Security Webinars
Proper digital security is an essential piece of building a trustworthy organization. In this free webinar, Michael Enos, senior director of community and platforms at TechSoup, will teach you practical tools that your organization can use to ensure online security. Join us on October 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. We'll cover several major areas of digital security, including social media safety, safety in the cloud, data privacy and protection, and more.
When switching to the cloud, many nonprofits wonder how cloud apps and services, such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Box, and Amazon Web Services, will affect their organization's security. The truth is, cloud apps and software offer many benefits to nonprofits when it comes to keeping their devices and data safe. Join us on October 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for this 60-minute webinar hosted by Deena Thomchick, senior director of cloud security at Symantec. Learn more about how switching to the cloud can improve your nonprofit's IT security.
Articles and How-tos: More on How to Stay Safe
October 17: Nonprofits Beware: You Can Get Hacked Too
You need to know that it doesn't matter that you're a nonprofit; you still are vulnerable to hacking. In fact, that's a reason you may be more vulnerable to hacking. So what can you do about it?
Take a Free Basic Security Assessment
This free consultation enables your nonprofit to take a step closer to ensuring the right security technology is in place. The basic security assessment is recommended for small to medium-sized organizations that are just getting fundamental security set up. For more advanced needs, organizations can also talk to a consultant who can set up new security technology quickly and cost-effectively.
Special Offers from TechSoup Courses
During October, we are offering a special discount on selected TechSoup Courses. Starting October 1, take 25 percent off one of the following learning opportunities when you acquire any security product through TechSoup.
- Digital Security Bundle
- Digital Security 101: How to Become a Human Firewall
- Digital Security 201: How to Make Your Organization Safe
- Microsoft Cloud Solutions Bootcamp Bundle