How Good Of A Job Does Your Organization Do With Cybersecurity?


By: Drew McManus

In: Legal, Web Tech

In the wake of the Marriott hotel security breach that exposed not only exposed personal information for their customers, but also passport numbers and credit card payment information, it’s worth mentioning that your organization should have several measures in place to handle threats and be prepared to react accordingly in the event of a breach.

In a timely announcement, the Nonprofit Technology Network, in conjunction with Microsoft, polled more than 250 nonprofit organizations with an eye toward taking a base reading on the state of cybersecurity preparedness.

The survey attempted to measure:

  • The policies and procedures nonprofits have for who and how people can access systems.
  • To what extent nonprofits are using technology to protect their systems.
  • The type of training is offered to nonprofit staff.
  • How nonprofit operations contribute to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Some notable findings include:

  • Over 70 percent of respondents have backup policies, enabling them to get back on their feet after an incident (FYI, be sure to check out ArtsHacker’s article on Website Policies for some resources on where to generate privacy and data breach policies).
  • 68 percent do not have documented policies and procedures in case of a cyberattack. #NotGood
  • Only 1/3 of respondents provide employees with cybersecurity training on an annual or more frequent basis.

The report’s press statement headline pretty much sums up where we are as a field: “Nonprofits recognize cyber threats, but challenges remain.”

That’s a nice way of saying most organizations need to do more and to that end, their report is a good place to begin.

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Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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