We’ve all heard about devastating cyberattacks—and nonprofits are not immune. In fact, small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations are specifically susceptible due to their lack of cybersecurity policies and staff training.

But we can change that! The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to protect your organization, even if you’re not a security expert.

In this course, you will gain a basic understanding of how cyberattacks happen and how to prevent them. We will also share practical tips that prepare you to respond in case you do experience a breach.

We also recommend downloading our guide, What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security.

Session 1: How Cyberattacks Happen

How vulnerable is your organization to a cyber-attack? You’ll learn about the variety of threats nonprofits are facing, common habits and practices you may unwittingly be doing that expose your organization to attacks, and the costs of an attack.

Session 2: How to protect your organization

In this session, you’ll learn about seven security categories that need your attention: Application Security, Business Continuity, Cloud Security, Data Security, Identity Security, Policy, and Infrastructure Security. Find out how to protect your organization along each of these dimensions.

Session 3: What if your organization gets breached?

In spite of your best efforts, your organization might someday fall victim to a cyberattack. In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare for the worst and what steps to take if a security breach does happen. We will close with a brief review and reflection on the entire course, leaving you with a higher level of confidence about keeping your nonprofit’s data and IT assets secure.

About Our Instructor

Joel Barker-1Joel Barker
President, Brave North Technology

Joel is the President of Brave North Technology, a Minnesota-based technology firm partnering with over 250 businesses and nonprofits to develop and manage technology systems that support their missions. He serves on the board for Missions Inc., the Shooting Star Foundation, and Shavlik Family Foundation, and is a frequent speaker at nonprofit events and conferences.


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As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this course may be applied for 3 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.