Are you concerned about data security for your nonprofit organization? If so, you aren’t alone. Here at Heller Consulting, we’re hearing from many of our clients that donor and constituent data security is their number one priority this year.
The concern is well founded. Microsoft’s 2021 Digital Defense Report confirms that cybercrime has grown in scale and sophistication in the past year. The report shows that NGOs and think tanks are attractive targets for cybercriminals because they often store sensitive data.
And according to the 2021 Cybersecurity Guide for Nonprofit Organizations, cybercriminals attempt to access government and nonprofit databases every 39 seconds. Yet, up to 70% of charity networks lack a comprehensive risk assessment.
Data security can be a complex topic. If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s some good news: Microsoft recently announced the Security Program for Nonprofits. The program is designed to support nonprofits in mitigating risks to their digital environment.
It’s the latest in technology offerings for nonprofits from Microsoft, which also support strong security practices. For example, their Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit, announced late last year, is built on Microsoft’s platform of security and compliance, empowering nonprofit organizations to stay in control of their data, navigate their risk and compliance, and leverage best in class security to manage sensitive constituent data and meet stringent privacy and security requirements worldwide.
One of the great things about the Security Program for Nonprofits is that it includes some free security services for nonprofits. Here at Heller Consulting, we encourage all our clients who are using any element of Microsoft’s technology stack, including Office, Teams, SharePoint and Dynamics, to get started with data security by taking advantage of these free offerings:
You can find out more about the offerings included in the Security Program for Nonprofits, and get an overview of Microsoft’s approach to security for nonprofits, in this 30-minute on-demand webinar led by Justin Spelhaug, Microsoft’s VP at Tech for Social Impact.
Meanwhile, here at Heller Consulting, we continue to monitor data security issues that affect nonprofits. We also stay up-to-date, and continue our efforts to keep you in-the-know, about the latest technology offerings for nonprofits from Microsoft. If you have questions, contact us today – we’re ready to help.
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