Top Data Security Threats

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by
Source: Hacker by chanpipat

Data breaches happen more often today than you may think and they can severely affect your non profit organization. Negligent employees or those with intent to harm your company are usually the causes of these breaches. Knowing how to avoid data breach and having the proper cyber liability insurance can save your non profit organization money, time, and customers.

Employee negligence is a major threat to your non profit organization. Opening links that contain viruses is one of the primary ways employee negligence contributes to a data breach. In addition, the prevalent use of mobile devices such as phones, lap tops, flash drives, and CDs are contributing to more breaches. These items are now carrying more sensitive information than ever. If an employee leaves one of these mobile items behind, sensitive information can be readily available to the public. Reporting the loss of mobile devices can help recover data and keep it from spreading to unintended to persons. Enforcing security policies for employees to follow will also reduce the risk of a breach.

Furthermore, lack of security against hackers and failure to back up data can contribute to a security breach. It is important to have a trustworthy IT staff who can keep systems updated and install the proper anti malware that will protect sensitive information. Below are a few other ways that can help you …

Safely Accommodating Employees with Disabilities at Your Nonprofit

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by
nonprofit risk management and site safety evaluations

One goal any organization should have in place is to provide a safe working environment for its employees. However, if your organization employs a person with a disability of any kind, there may be risks or exposures you haven’t considered yet that may cause the working environment to be less safe for them. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires, “accommodations for both current and prospective disabled employees to perform the ‘essential functions’ of a job.” This is important to consider to make the workplace equally safe for these individuals and reduce risk.

The most important step to creating a safer working environment is to conduct an in-depth risk assessment with disabled employees in mind. Points the risk assessment should cover include the individual’s work-related tasks and activities; work equipment they will use, as well as other physical hazards; whether or not further information and/or training on the individual’s needs are necessary; and other general risk assessments.

Once your risk assessment is completed, you’re ready to start making accommodations that will make the disabled individual’s work environment safer. Some of these changes are simple and low cost, while others may be a bit more costly, but necessary. Examples include:

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Survey Shows Many Organizations Still Aren’t Prepared for Sandy-Like Storms

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by
Source: Storm clouds by antpkr

It’s been well over a year since Hurricane Sandy unleashed its wrath on the New England area, causing many organizations to halt operations for months, and in some cases, to shut down completely. While one would think the effects of Sandy would cause those in leadership to amp up their disaster recovery plans, the results of a recent survey prove otherwise.

A New York-based agency polled business owners and managers in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut whose organizations were affected by Sandy last year. An astonishing 52 percent answered that their organization was not “financially prepared for another disaster,” which experts feel is a strong indicator that other organizations within the area are also not prepared to handle an event of that magnitude, either due to lack of appropriate finances and/or the means to deal with such a disaster.

Only 3 percent of those polled answered that they had taken the steps necessary to protect their organization by accessing more financing. Fifteen percent had taken steps to invest in and protect their organization’s technology, and 10 percent said they invested in infrastructure.

With natural disasters seeming to occur more often and more intensely, the time to prepare is …