How the cloud can help secure Nonprofits

Nonprofits have the responsibility to their staff, donors and the cause that they support to be a secure and compliant organization. Many government and private donors are now adopting minimum standards for nonprofit organisations, and if a nonprofit should fail to meet these standards they may risk funding being ceased.Free IT Security Assessment

There are no magic solutions that will help nonprofits become compliant or reach these minimum standards overnight, and therefore, all nonprofits should educate themselves on what they need to do to ensure they stay on top of their data security. Across the world, many countries are forcing organisations to take responsibility for the security of their data, for example Australia’s Data Breach Scheme (NDB), and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To be compliant with these laws, organisations need to ensure they have an education program –  to educate staff about cybersecurity, the right protective equipment – to stop the bad guys from getting in, and up to date polices – to ensure they stay compliant. Tackling all of this can be tough work -  this is why a lot of nonprofits are moving to a compliant cloud solution to handle the security side of things – a lot of organisations are calling this Infrastructure As A Service (or IAAS).  So how else can the cloud help the nonprofit sector with their cybersecurity and privacy goals? 

Check out our top 4 ways the cloud can help.

  1. Governance

Traditionally, getting your on-premise infrastructure up to scratch with certifications like Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) can be tough. However, if you should move to a cloud solution, applications and services are hosted in datacenters that are maintained by the cloud service provider, and many public cloud providers like Microsoft Azure and AWS are already certified for certifications like IRAP and  ISO 27001, which reduces the burden and risk for the nonprofits to keep all their infrastructure up-to-date as the providers take care of installing, maintaining, and updating hardware and software.

An example of this was when the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities were uncovered, Microsoft and AWS released patches straight away, to ensure their cloud server infrastructure was compliant and protected from cyber criminals.

  1. Secure Environment

Datacenters have some of the most innovative security solutions on the planet, which makes them a perfect place to house your staff, donor and beneficiaries’ data. Datacenters typically have:

  • 24-hour security surveillance and monitoring – ensuring that your operations are free from power failure, physical intrusion, and network outages.
  • Secured physical access – Access to the datacenter is only given to a limited number of people
  • Keeping the lights on – Each datacenter has multiple power sources ensuring that the power stays on and will often include an off-grid generator
  • Safe Disposal – When physical hardware comes to end of life, it goes through a series of checks to ensure that all data is removed and / or protected.
  1. Plan your resources for now

Often nonprofits find it tough to justify buying their equipment outright, or they end up with a solution that is overkill for what they need – overcompensating instead for what they need in the future.  Moving your nonprofit to the cloud means you only pay for the resource that you need at that point in time, allowing you to invest more of your funds into your cause.

  1. Cloud Security

The cloud also has additional layers of configurable security for nonprofits, such as:

  • Single sign on – allowing your end users to securely logon to applications and your environment with a single username and password.
  • Multi-factor Authentication – This security method can prevent unauthorised access, only allowing compliant devices to connect with your environment and integrating biometric authentication.

Getting compliant is not easy for nonprofits, and smaller nonprofits often lack the recourses and the know-how to implement a secure environment that will allow them to grow. Moving to the cloud would mean that these nonprofits can deliver a solution that is robust in both features and compliance.

If you would like to know more on how your nonprofit can take advantage of some the exclusive cost saving benefits  when moving to the cloud, contact the team at Evolve IT

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