Data Security

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…

Foundation Critical of Obama's Cybersecurity Hacked, Donor Data Stolen
September 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

On July 27, in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, The Daily Signal ran a story titled "How Obama’s Poor Judgment Led to the Chinese Hack of OPM." The Daily Signal, as it happens, is the multimedia news arm of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. And earlier this week, The Heritage Foundation was hacked...

Information Watchdog Investigates UK 'Charity Data Sales'
September 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

The Daily Mail reports that Samuel Rae, who has dementia, lost £35,000 (about $54,000) after his information ended up with scammers. Information was passed to charities when Rae filled in a survey, but did not tick a box stating that he did not want his personal details shared. The watchdog will consider whether any breaches…

The Need for a Holistic Approach to Your Cybersecurity Program
August 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

As more organizations leverage cloud-based solutions and services, cybersecurity for nonprofits has become increasingly complex. How can nonprofits face the challenges of the evolving threat landscape? By employing a holistic approach to cybersecurity that continually accounts for financial, human and physical resources, along with outreach/oversight and politics/standards...

Big Data and Analytics for Nonprofits
March 1, 2015

Data has long been at the heart of direct marketing. In the nonprofit world, data allowed us to rent lists of people who had shown a propensity toward giving to causes similar to ours. On the cultivation side, data permitted us to choose which donors to mail based upon previous history and tailor messages to their interests. This smart use of data let us provide donors what they wanted rather than cluttering up their mailboxes with irrelevant offers. And it allowed nonprofits to raise more dollars at a lower cost to more efficiently and effectively feed hungry children, cure life-threatening cancer and support our wounded veterans.