When it comes to network security, it is easy for a non-profit or association to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and sadly, non-profits and associations are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.
A 2013 study showed that 1 in every 5 small businesses networks would be compromised, this included non-profits and associations. With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely that since then, these numbers have climbed, posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.
There are a number of ways CPG Systems in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, South Delta, New Westminster, and North Vancouver helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates– Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall – A common mistake in non-profits and associations networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution. Often Executive Directors are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords – Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to networks through simple or default passwords
- Antivirus/Antispam – Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why it’s so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.
No matter the size of your non-profit or association, network security is a definite requirement for everyone in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.