Data Security

Protecting Nonprofits Against Carding Attacks
August 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

Nearly half of all U.S. companies experienced two or more cyberattacks, many of which focused on identity theft. Following such a breach, cybercriminals test the stolen credit card data to validate the information in a process called credit card number testing that is dramatically on the rise...

Falsehoods: Check the Sources!
May 3, 2017 at 9:50 am

There is a lot of talk these days about fake news. Fake news is intentional misinformation. Falsehoods. I recall getting an email from a friend during the 2008 presidential election. The information presented was shocking, but appeared to be from a “reliable” news source. I spent 15 minutes on Google and found that the information was completely false...

Edward Snowden's New Nonprofit Will Protect Reporters From Spies
February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

When Edward Snowden leaked the biggest collection of classified National Security Agency documents in history, he wasn’t just revealing the inner workings of a global surveil­lance machine. He was also scrambling to evade it. To com­municate with the journalists who would publish his secrets, he had to route all his messages over the anonymity soft­ware Tor,…

Is Email on Its Way Out?
October 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

The sudden exposure of the Clinton campaign email cache is perhaps the ultimate evidence that we’ve all overcommitted to email—we’ve put too much in it, expected too much from it, and now, finally, we’re seeing the spectacular signs of its impending destruction. Email is simply not up to the rigors of modern political and business…

IT on a Budget: 7 Ways to Secure Your Database and Protect Donor Info
October 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

For nonprofit organizations, finding high-quality, low-cost IT resources can be a challenge. You may not have the budget, or the in-house with a deep enough background in technology to know what the best decisions are. This is especially true when it comes to data protection. Your donors are your greatest asset, and the last thing they want is to have to worry about whether or not you are preventing their personal information from being stolen...

How to Avoid Your Own Email Crisis
August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

Leaked Democratic Party email exposed a simple fact: People gossip. But in today’s cybersecurity environment, leaders would do well to recognize that a bigger crowd can listen. At this point, you may be so tired of hearing about email that you’ve decided to stop using it—instead, you've thought about using smoke signals, telegraphs, semaphore flags,…

Nonprofit Cybersecurity Key to Serving Community Responsibly, Experts Say
July 25, 2016 at 11:06 am

Regardless of size or resources, nonprofits must keep cybersecurity top of mind. The assumption may be that a relatively small public image and a lack of disposable assets would make nonprofits less appealing to hackers than most corporations. However, every business and organization is a potential target, according to Ann Puckett, information technology manager for…

The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2015 (Are Terrible)
January 19, 2016 at 11:34 am

Strong passwords are a critical first line of defense against would-be data thieves: One bad password from one staffer in your organization is all it takes to open the door to hackers. Yet, by and large, we're still pretty bad at the whole thing. Just take a look at this list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2015, from security-services firm SplashData. Brace yourselves...

Florida Private Investigator Charged With Attempting to Hack Muslim Charity
September 16, 2015 at 9:06 am

Timothy Sedlak, a private investigator in Florida, was charged Monday with trying to gain unauthorized access to a charity's computer system allegedly while doing research on whether some nonprofits are “unintentionally” providing financial support to Islamic jihadists. The charity wasn't identified in a complaint filed against the 42-year-old Sedlak in federal court in the Southern…