A Sensible Approach to Cybersecurity for Not-For-Profit Organisations

The state of cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a ubiquitous concern for all organisations in 2021; the rate of cybersecurity incidents has steadily increased over the past two decades and risen steeply in the past 3 years.

What are the cybersecurity risks for a not-for-profit organisation?

When a not-for-profit organisation is attacked, there are three outcomes that are the most common:

How can you protect your not-for-profit organisation?

So, we’ve painted a bleak picture so far, so let’s get positive!

Training

The misconception that they will not be targeted leads many non-profit staff to value productivity over security.

Good Password Practice

The single most important step that individuals can take towards protecting their organisation, and yet far too many passwords are weak, or worse, reused in multiple accounts. Security levels can be greatly increased by following best practices.

Policies

Not-for-profit organisations of all sizes need a set of written IT security policies.

Technology

The final component of strategy (and what most people think of when they consider cybersecurity) is technology implementation and management.

Cyber-insurance

Cyber-insurance is increasingly a point of consideration for non-profit organisations but determining your need for it is complex.

Certification and compliance

An oft-overlooked component of cyber-security, achieving a cyber-security standard, such as the UK Government & National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) sponsored Cyber Essentials scheme, is in fact a strong step to consider early.

Ready to take the first steps toward better cybersecurity?

Congratulations, you’ve made it here. You’ve reviewed the foundations of cybersecurity and hopefully, the information we’ve covered provides a solid starting point for implementing cybersecurity strategy at your not-for-profit organisation.

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