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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Or, as we at TechSoup like to call it, "You're Not Paranoid … They Are Out to Get You Month."
Here's how TechSoup can help your organization stay safe this month (and every other month).
Security breaches can result in lost productivity, missing or compromised data, and potential harm to constituents, donors, and staff. That's why TechSoup has partnered with Symantec, Bitdefender, Comodo, and other donor partners to offer donated and discounted solutions to defend your organization against spam, viruses, spyware, and other online threats.
Find the security tools you need
The right security tools are important but just part of the solution. Many security studies have found that people are the weakest link in an organization's security.
I was one of those weak links recently, so I know this is true.
Here's what happened: I opened an email that I shouldn't have opened. I was moving fast, and I didn't do the quick checks I usually do before opening an email: Do I know the sender? Would that person send me an email with that subject line? Etc.
And there it was: a phishing email.
Phishing is a way to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy source. In this case, the email claimed to be from a help desk system administrator who needed sensitive information to perform Outlook upgrades.
How did I know this was a phishing email?
Of course I didn't do any of the things the email asked me to do, because I work at TechSoup, where we read and write and talk about security all the time. And that has made me very paranoid.
But the fact that I opened the email at all (when I should have known better) was an excellent reminder: people are a critical component of keeping any organization secure.
That's why TechSoup has created a simple practical guide to help everyone in an organization adopt basic security best practices. TechSoup's Safer Internet Guide for nonprofits offers quick and easy tips to for staying safe in the office, on the go, on social media, and in the cloud.
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Image 2: Ariel Gilbert-Knight
by Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Director, Content, TechSoup
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