Organizations should develop a better way to communicate cyberrisks

September 9, 2013

Organizations should develop a better way to communicate cyberrisks

When nonprofits migrate their processes to the cloud, it is important for them to become aware of the looming cyberthreats that could put critical information in jeopardy. However, a new study from Tripwire, a global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, revealed 64 percent of IT professionals surveyed don't communicate apparent risks with senior executives.

Nonprofit leaders that are in charge of the security of a lot of confidential donor information and credit card data must be made aware of potential threats to prepare the organization in the event of a data breach. IT staff members who fail to communicate looming risks could seriously damage a nonprofit's reputation.

"Risk-based security is an extremely complex problem where predictability and outcomes are constantly changing," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "This means that even the most secure and sophisticated organizations experience risk because there are too many variables in play."

The lines of communication should be improved
Forty-seven percent of the more than 1,300 IT professionals that were surveyed said collaboration between security risk management and decision-makers is poor. With a fractured communication structure, nonprofits run the risk of suffering a data breach. Data security should be a higher priority for nonprofits, especially those that have begun to conduct operations in the cloud.

According to an article for the Nonprofit Technology Network, charitable organizations should be even more protective than traditional businesses of their sensitive data. Donors who contribute to nonprofits are not doing so because they have to, they are sending in money to support the mission of the organization. Failing to provide a secure environment for donors will not only cut the number of people interested in giving to the organization, but it will also dramatically affect revenue streams.


Ready to chat?
Get in touch today to request a no-obligation savings evaluation.


NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.


Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America