Simple steps you can do today to improve security
Alright, let's roll up our sleeves and get practical. You might not have a massive budget for cybersecurity, but there are some steps you can take right now to beef up your digital security:
Have robust security policies: First things first, set some ground rules. Create cybersecurity policies and make sure everyone in your organisation knows them. These could include things like strong password guidelines, data access restrictions, and safe internet usage practices. Remind people of these things often, because as humans, we tend to become complacent over time.
Educate your team: We’ve mentioned this a lot in this article, and for good reason! Your team is your first line of defence. Educate them about common cybersecurity risks, like phishing emails and suspicious downloads. Train them to spot red flags and know what to do if they encounter a potential threat. As I mentioned before, this is something we do, and can help you with as well.
Get a password manager! Not a role on staff, but a useful digital “wallet” for your codes. Weak passwords are like an open invitation to hackers. Encourage your staff to use strong, unique passwords for their accounts. Consider using a password manager, such as 1password or similar to keep things secure and organised. Password managers are also great at generating unique, strong passwords, making it super simple.
Keep software updated: Those pesky software updates are more than just annoyances and interruptions. They often contain crucial security patches. Make sure your systems and software are up to date to close any vulnerabilities. Encourage staff to schedule time in their calendars to run these updates (we recommend doing them over your lunch break!)
Backup your information: Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things go wrong. That's where backups come in. Regularly back up your critical data to a secure location. That way, if disaster strikes, you can recover without missing a beat. Don’t forget to consider where your backup data is stored, and if on the cloud, ensure the data compliance matches your unique requirements.
These steps might sound simple, but they can make a world of difference in your cybersecurity. And the best part? They won't cost you a fortune. So, get started today and make your NFP a tougher target for cyber threats.
Alright, we've covered a lot of ground, so let's wrap things up. If there's one thing you should take away from this article, it's this: cybersecurity isn't a luxury; it's a necessity for not-for-profit organisations (NFPs).
In today's digital world, where data is gold and trust is priceless, protecting your mission and the people you serve should be a top priority. Yes, we get it, budgets are tight, and resources are limited, but that doesn't mean you're defenceless against cyber threats.
We've talked about the vulnerabilities that NFPs face, from outdated systems to the trust you've worked so hard to build. We've also highlighted the top considerations when choosing a cybersecurity solution, with affordability and user-friendliness at the forefront.
And let's not forget those practical steps you can take right now to strengthen your security, even if your budget is as tight as ever.
Remember, you're not alone in this. XP are here to help you find affordable cybersecurity solutions, and there's a community of NFPs facing similar challenges. So, go ahead, take those first steps to bolster your digital defences. Protect your mission, your reputation, and the trust of those who rely on you. Stay safe out there, and keep making a positive impact on the world.