Cloud Security & Privacy
Smartphones have undoubtedly become a central hub of many people’s daily lives. Beyond simply texting, calling or gaming, we’re now using them to make payments and navigate from place to place. Consequently, enormous amounts of personal data is collected, stored and transmitted, even when we’re not using the phone.
Do you ever wonder just how far you should stick your head in the sand when it comes to online privacy and security issues? If so, this talk is for you, and the answer might surprise you. (Spoiler: you don't have to stick your head in the sand at all!) Learn about some simple, key concepts that will keep your data and your organization secure, and help you ward off all kinds of attacks, from phishing to zoombombing.
Digital resilience is commonly associated with the protection of one’s online security. As nonprofits, however, our resilience extends much further than technology. This means that, now more than ever, digital skills play a crucial role in strengthening community-building and advancing digital rights and equity.
Nonprofit organizations have many of the same needs as for-profit businesses, from data storage to digital security. However, because so many nonprofits are strapped for resources, such basic needs are often viewed as unaffordable luxury items. For example, for many nonprofits, the cost of paying an IT consultant to host their email servers and to manage their data encryption can be prohibitive.
By building our awareness of how our human rights are impacted online, we can become better equipped to protect and extend them. In Canada, we need only look at the current headlines to see proof that there are pressing digital rights issues - existing and emerging - facing communities across the country. Read on for a look at some of the digital rights debates that are now impacting Canadians.
All nonprofits manage sensitive data, from donor information to employment records. Some organizations, however, work with data that requires an extra layer of privacy and protection. For example, if a political advocacy group, human rights organization, or nonprofit that help people escape domestic violence were to have its data compromised, the consequences could be life-or-death.
This week, as Canada heads into the first round of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we should be looking out for what impacts a “modernized” agreement could have on Canadian privacy. OpenMedia's Meghan Sali explains what's at stake.
You’ve probably noticed the influx of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud technology for nonprofit organizations - programs like Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce, and even Keela. These programs often use a cloud-based system to centrally store your data, allowing teams to access information wherever they are, as long as they have access to the internet. Put simply, cloud computing is a network of servers working to deliver a specific function, like storing your contact data or managing your projects.
We are awash in a sea of data, and we’re not handling it well. Literally. Nonprofits, like every other organization or corporation, are taking in more information than ever before, and more than we know how to handle.
Technology projects are a big undertaking for nonprofits, especially when budgeting is tight. However, any organization can perform a tech self-assessment with the guidance in this post, and better understand the shortcomings of their networks and their future technology needs.