Community IT Innovators September 2019 News: Welcome Cybersecurity September!

In early August, a security breach at Capital One affected over 106 million customers.  We all know massive attacks are happening more frequently. In the wake of this event, however, finger-pointing has extended back a layer to Amazon Web Services, the cloud provider, for not securing Capital One data.
Is Amazon culpable because it knew about the vulnerability and did nothing to fix it?
How secure is your data? How far back can you follow its security path?  How many people branch out from it?  How many devices?
As you prepare for Giving Tuesday, bear in mind that small to mid-sized nonprofits are now in the cross-hairs of hackers.  Recently, nonprofits were being targeted on Facebook with unauthorized GoFundMe campaigns which made it seem as though the trusted organization has set up the fraudulent fund. Countless dollars can be lost not only in the campaign, but in the mistrust which follows a breach.
Nonprofit managers and employees juggle a lot of jobs.  Cybersecurity is a complex one.
We have experts on hand to help you figure it out.

Please, join us for our next
Webinar: September 18, 2019 –
Nonprofit Cybersecurity Readiness

Community IT Innovators September 2019 News
Date: Wednesday
September 18, 2019
Time: 3-4pm EDT
Cost: Free

Community IT Innovators’ CTO and our resident security super-hero, Matt Eshleman, will cover what your security plan should include for nonprofit cybersecurity readiness with updates and a synthesis of our recent security webinars.
Matt will cover:

  • Understanding and measuring cybersecurity risks to your mission and reputation
  • Return on Investment for cybersecurity measures, and how to consider costsand potential costs in your budget process, based on industry benchmarks
  • Considering cyber insurance and which nonprofits particularly need such insurance; in safeguarding databases for healthcare and children/volunteers, guarding against billing and budgeting scams, and nonprofits who may be targeted for their advocacy work
  • Updated security incidence response best practices
  • Creating a multi-layered security plan that actively includes your staff and executives

There will be a 15 minute Q&A following the webinar, so bring your questions, or send them in ahead of time. As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT and security experience.

If you miss a webinar, you can always catch the video on YouTube or download the slide deck from SlideShare at any time, and you can find all our past webinars here on our website.

photo of Matt Eshleman
As the Chief Technology Officer at Community IT, Matthew Eshleman is responsible for shaping Community IT’s strategy around the technology platforms used by organizations to be secure and productive. With a deep background in network infrastructure he fundamentally understands how technology works and interoperates both in the office and in the cloud.
Matt joined Community IT as an intern in the summer of 2000 and after finishing his dual degrees in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at Eastern Mennonite University he rejoined Community IT as a network administrator in January of 2001. Matt has steadily progressed up at Community IT and while working full time received his MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.
Matt is a frequent speaker at NTEN events and has presented at the Inside NGO conference, Non-Profit Risk Management Summit and Credit Builders Alliance Symposium. He is also the session designer and trainer for TechSoup’s Digital Security course.
Matt lives in Baltimore MD with his wife, daughter and son. He is a member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and on the support committee of the Reservoir Hill House of Peace.

5 Steps to Create an Information Strategy for Your Organization Webinar: Slides & Recording

Are you leaving your information strategy up to chance?
To move your nonprofit organization to the next level, you need to create and promote an information strategy that defines how information supports your mission.
A good information strategy includes 5 important steps:

  • Leadership must be engaged in data governance—if leadership doesn’t support the proper use of the right systems, your information can’t reliably support your nonprofit mission.
  • Your organization’s operations must be prepared to implement and use your information systems—if you aren’t ready, then you can’t successfully implement an information strategy.
  • The processes used by your nonprofit must be clearly defined and mutually understood by all stakeholders—if you aren’t speaking the same language, your information will continue to fall into the cracks.
  • Data must be structured and managed in a high-quality and easily accessible manner—if you build it, maintain it.
  • The right technology must be selected to support your nonprofit’s needs—but no technology can overcome problems in the previous four steps.

Community IT Innovators was proud to present this August 2019 webinar with Peter Mirus at Build Consulting, who expands on these five essential aspects of a good information strategy.
He provides real-life examples of organizations that overcame challenges in these areas and were able to change their strategy and improve their fundraising and mission effectiveness.
Using the practical information presented in this webinar, viewers will be able to identify areas to strengthen their organizations’ current approaches to information strategy.
Community IT Innovators September 2019 News

Hope you found this Community IT Innovators September 2019 News useful!
If you miss any of our webinars or blog posts, we understand how busy you are – these resources can be found on our website at any time.
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Warm Regards,
Johan Hammerstrom, President & CEO