Guest article provided by Hilary Taylor, VP of Onset Solutions
You walk into work one day, take a sip of your coffee and log in to your computer. Everything looks different. Your e-mail isn’t there and all of the data on your server has disappeared. Your client files, donor information, accounting documents – vanished. Even your logo has gone missing.
What happens next? Someone will reach out and demand a ransom, typically tens of thousands of dollars. And the longer you wait, the higher the cost escalates. You can pay the ransom, crossing your fingers that your data is released, or you can move forward with only what you have on hand.
In either case, donor and client information has been exposed to a dangerous third party with malicious motives. A situation like this can severely impact the reputation of your organization. This isn’t something you’d want to see on the front-page news.
The good news is that there are easy steps you can take to protect your organization from this and many other cybersecurity attacks. Here are four things you can do today to increase the safety of your nonprofit’s data.
1. Update Antivirus Software
Antivirus programs are designed to isolate any malware that is found on your network, including ransomware. All devices should have a current, updated and reputable antivirus program on them.
There are a lot of options on the market so aim to find a balance between cost, user experience and effectiveness. While there are discounted offerings through TechSoup, in our experience it might be worthwhile to invest in a more expensive product that is less invasive to users so they aren’t tempted to bypass the protection. Your antivirus product selection should be reviewed annually, looking for a solution that has high detection rates and low false positives. [Read more…]