Topics: Cyber Liability
There are several ways that nonprofits are prime targets for cyber attacks. Here are three of the most common risks associated with the business of charity:
While technology has made it much easier for nonprofits and charitable organizations to accept donations online, it has also made it that much simpler for a digital pickpocket to steal from the organization. While payment is easy for the customer, having an unsecured website could mean leaving an open avenue for cyber attack.
Communicating with donors, partner organizations, and clients is a simple process today. Automated emails and newsletters keep interested parties aware of what’s going on in the organization. But as you’re responding to emails, you could be putting the organization at risk. Clicking a bad link, downloading a seemingly safe Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file, or even just opening a PDF file could put your hard-won funds at risk.
Volunteers share their time for many reasons, from being a surviving family member, to wanting to give back to the local community. And while many volunteers have good intentions, there are a few that may just volunteer their time to gain access to your data stores. Training time is short, onboarding an on-the-job process, and the bad guys can sometimes slip through the cracks, leaving your organization at risk for cyber attack.
While nonprofit cyber security risks cannot be avoided altogether, many cyber attacks can be prevented. Here are three of the best ways you can lower the risk of a nonprofit cyber security attack:
Using encryption and a secure website helps protect information during online financial transactions. Whether accepting donations or accepting a payment through an online store, protecting customer and company data should be a top concern for nonprofit cyber security.
Using a secure server and network for collecting, sorting, and transmitting important donor information can help you keep your email communications secure. Email addresses, physical addresses, and other personal identification information can be used in a nonprofit cyber attack.
Starting the onboarding process with a criminal background check is one of the best ways to ensure your volunteers are simply there for good will. In addition to making sure you have the right people, be sure to train employees on cyber security at the beginning of their safety training to make sure there isn’t an accidental cyber breach.
A Cyber Liability Insurance policy from AmTrust can help safe-guard your company against loss and damage in a cyber attack. Contact an AmTrust agent today to find out how your nonprofit can benefit from a policy, and how to protect your organization from a nonprofit cyber security attack.