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Beware of Cybersecurity Insider Threats

According to SANS, one-third of all organizations have faced cybersecurity insider threats at one point or another. Organizations that are lucky enough to have not encountered one as of yet, are likely oblivious to the fact that an insider threat has indeed made moves and lurks amongst you. Human actions pose a dangerous threat to cybersecurity, and it goes beyond outside malicious actors exploiting vulnerabilities to gain sensitive data. Employees internal to an organization are a security risk and repetitive negative behavior can be the culprit behind cybersecurity incidents ultimately costing the business time, money, as well as their reputation. What are cybersecurity insider threats? There is often a specific image that gets painted when cybersecurity insider threats are mentioned. The majority of the time, it’s a disgruntled employee that maliciously wants to do harm to the company or expose various sensitive information to the public for personal gain or fame. Although possible, it is not always this black and white. There are three main types of cybersecurity insider threats that businesses should be aware of and know how to properly identify. These types are accidental, negligent, and malicious. Accidental cybersecurity insider threats occur when an employee, contractor, or vendor

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Security Awareness Training
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Discover Why Every Small to Medium Sized Business Needs Strong Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Technology directly impacts the functionality and management of businesses in today’s society. With the ever-growing digital world, it is crucial for businesses both big and small to be aware of any risks that may affect critical data and online assets within their network. Data is the backbone to the success of any company and can hold extreme value, whether it be employee personal identifiable information, company product intellect, or financial details. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all organizational data is imperative to the growth and success of any business, which is why cybersecurity awareness training is vital. A recent survey taken by the U.S. Small Business Administration, identified that 88% of small businesses believe they are vulnerable to a cyber-attack and are unsure what prevention methods to deploy. A simple yet highly effective action that small to medium size businesses can take to drastically reduce the risk of cyber threats and attacks is to implement a security awareness training program within the organization. Education is key and will provide employees with the necessary tools and skills required to successfully identify and respond to a cyber threat or attack if one were to occur. The cybersecurity awareness training that

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7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Dedicated Outsourced Cybersecurity Company

Cyber threats and attacks are increasing not only in number, but in size and complexity. Businesses both big and small are affected and need to keep in mind the importance of maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information they possess while simultaneously keeping attackers at bay. Cybersecurity can be tricky, even for the seasoned Information Technology (IT) professional and relying solely on those versed in IT won’t solve underlying cybersecurity issues Businesses need to look at additional options when shopping for outside vendors and include outsourced cybersecurity vendors in the discussion. This additional aspect of outsourced cybersecurity would add protection to the data and the network infrastructure of a business. Cybersecurity-as-a-service is the solution and can save businesses time and money if utilized properly. This concept is an outsourced service provided by a third-party vendor which solely specializes in the monitoring, protection, and response of different types of vulnerabilities and attacks on the network or systems. Traditional IT services and vendors tend to focus on the management of user accounts, network infrastructure and hardware, service patches, and even end-user support in some cases. The main difference between cybersecurity and IT is the continuous protection of data and critical

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Strengthening Cybersecurity for Non-profit Organizations
Nonprofit Cybersecurity

Strengthening Cybersecurity for Non-profit Organizations – Risks, Challenges, and Best Practices the Board Can Adopt

Cybersecurity for non-profit organizations is often not as robust as for commercial organizations, and, therefore, strengthening cybersecurity for non-profit organizations remains a point of concern for the board of directors. The board is expected to implement cybersecurity best practices to mitigate and manage the risks, but they must also ensure that the tone at the top is set correctly. Non-profit organizations work for public or social benefits and rely on donations from their volunteers and benefactors. They also have sensitive and confidential data of others in their possession, the same way as a commercial organization. These scenarios immediately raise some potential cybersecurity issues, for example, payment security, security of cardholder data, data privacy, data sovereignty, etc., to name a few. Hence, it is an essential obligation of the board to adopt cybersecurity best practices for non-profits, device cybersecurity strategies, and implement cybersecurity frameworks to safeguard the organizational information assets. They must also ensure the security of the data at rest, data in motion, and data in transit. Cybersecurity Risks and Challenges Facing Non-Profits A significant portion of non-profit organizations’ budgets is focused on the welfare of the cause they support. It is difficult for them to spend money on other

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Guide to Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

This Guide to Cybersecurity for Nonprofits will give you a broader perspective on how cybersecurity can contribute to your mission and operations. In 2020, Blackbaud, a cloud computing provider that serves nonprofits and charities, was the target of a multi-million dollar cyberattack. Hundreds of organizations worldwide had bank account information and user credentials accessed as a result of the breach. The South Carolina-based organization has faced damages estimated at 3.6 million and two dozen lawsuits in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1983, Blackbaud is a well-established organization and the perfect example to show that no organization is safe from being a target of cybercrime. How Can Cybersecurity Help You Achieve your Mission? At Makaye InfoSec, we know you strive to be a courageous, effective leader, fighting to drive your mission forward. Unfortunately, the amazing work you do for society can often be overshadowed by cybercriminals. Just imagine: what if your organization was hacked? Criminals get their hands on the valuable information of your donors, volunteers, and clients, which they then threaten to sell on the Deep Web. The only solution is to negotiate with them. You pay $10k to the hackers. You may think everything is back to

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[2022 Upgraded] The Latest Cybersecurity Checklist for Nonprofits

The following Cybersecurity Checklist for Nonprofits is a great first step to better protect your organization. Nonprofit organizations face constant challenges in developing a tailored cybersecurity action plan which addresses the difficulty in managing sensitive information and keeping their staff up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity trends.

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Is Your Nonprofit at Risk? Here’s What You Need to Know About Cyberattacks

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started back in 2020, we have seen several cybersecurity professionals banding together to form cybersecurity defense groups, focusing primarily on providing free protection to healthcare nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and the critical infrastructure that is needed to combat security threats. An example of such a group is the CTI League. They’re a volunteer group of cybersecurity experts dedicated to defending and neutralizing cyberattacks targeting the healthcare industry. Groups like the CTI League are of extreme importance, even in 2022. A recent survey by IBM, for example, indicated that there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 related spam. Common attacks that we have seen here at Makaye infoSec include phishing emails, ransomware, malicious domains, and denial-of-service attacks. Ill-intended users continue to capitalize on the current situation to steal data, make money, and compromise nonprofit operations. The last-minute shift that organizations had to make to remote work back in 2020 opened new loopholes for cybercriminals to exploit, resulting in a significant increase in cyberattacks. The most prominent attack happened in October of 2021, after an unauthorized user gained access to Planned Parenthood LA’s networks and 400,000 records. The information that cybercriminals accessed had personal details such as home

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A Simple Approach for Nonprofits to Protect Their Credentials

Cybercriminals will not go away after the pandemic. In fact, they’re now more emboldened because of the recent successful breaches. Let’s remember, for example, in the UN mega-breach this year, hackers obtained employee credentials from the dark web and performed illegal activities between April and August. While the UN has yet to assess the overall damage in its network, researchers discovered that at least 100,000 employee private records were exposed.

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How To Protect Your Nonprofit from Hackers [Updated 2022]

When it comes to cybersecurity, there is both good news and bad news for nonprofits. Cybersecurity is a rapidly escalating issue that many organizations aren’t prepared to confront. Compromised financial and personal information can be sold on the dark web and used for identity theft, ransomware attacks, phishing scams, and any number of crimes. That’s bad news.  The good news is that the vast majority of cyberattacks are preventable. It’s your responsibility as a nonprofit to protect the staff’s, donors’, and volunteers’ data. The fact is that too many nonprofits don’t take cybersecurity seriously. Unfortunately, they don’t understand the very real and disruptive effect a security breach can have on their missions.  This can happen because most users think that IT is the same as cybersecurity. IT experts are critical to the everyday operation of digital resources and network communication. They ensure that users are able to stay productive and have access to network resources critical to their job functions. But it’s the security of information assets and the resources that store them that are cybersecurity professionals’ main concerns.  Both require trained experts to handle complicated and evolving solutions. But it’s unrealistic to rely on an IT company to protect

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