Data Security

Charity Fundraising After Facebook's Data Breach: Risks, But Little Choice
March 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

The scandal engulfing Facebook has prompted privacy concerns among charities, but experts say the platform’s unrivalled reach means they have little choice but to continue relying on it to raise money. Facebook was rocked this weekend by a whistleblower who said the data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed information to build profiles of voters. With…

How Artificial Intelligence Can Protect Nonprofits Against Fraud
February 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

As we’re entering a very technologically advanced age, nonprofit organizations are often victim to fraud. Fraudsters are targeting nonprofits, using nonprofit donation pages as testing grounds for fraudulent card testing. Card testers build computer algorithms that automatically and rapidly attempt donation form submissions with different credit card number combinations...

How to Keep Your Nonprofit's Data Safe
October 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Nonprofits tend to be wary of devoting their limited budget to comprehensive data security. Regardless, taking cybersecurity precautions is essential for a nonprofit's livelihood. Some hackers may prefer the lucrative nature of hacking large corporations, though others view nonprofits as the perfect victim instead...

Cybersecurity Questions to Ask Your Vendor: Part 2
October 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Strapped for time and resources, nonprofits often need vendors to get things done. But just because you outsource projects, it doesn’t mean your data is safe from cybersecurity threats. In part one of this series, “Employ These Corporate Cyber Security Safeguards Now," we examined critical initiatives you can employ to help protect your constituent data internally...

Employ These Corporate Cyber Security Safeguards Now: Part 1
September 26, 2017 at 11:02 am

Nonprofits aren’t immune. In fact, nonprofit organizations may be prime cyber-attack targets. Most collect and store sensitive data like emails, social security numbers, billing information and more. Despite this, nonprofits are often hesitant to make cybersecurity a priority due to the investment of time and resources...

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...