Securing productivity, collaboration and enterprise data is critically important as organizations digitally transform. Today’s cloud and mobile technology is enabling companies to reshape their business and capitalize on the digital transformation impacting us all.
Remote login software TeamViewer has had a significant number of user accounts hacked, and the organization is scrambling to find the root cause of the problem. A spokesman for the organization, Alex Schmidt, confirmed the community's suspiciton over the weekend, but is blaming poor external passwords to be the main cause.
The ever present risk of data theft or misuse and the potential harm it could cause to yourself and to your nonprofit is down right scary. And believe it or not, hackers aren’t the stereotypical computer guru, sitting in a dimly lit room looking at a dozen computer monitors, typing furiously to hack into secure databases. Often times, hackers are simply opportunists - average people who happened upon some sensitive information and decide to take advantage of it.
As of February 2016, there is a new strain of malware circulating the internet, hidden in infected Microsoft Word documents. This ransomware, known as “Locky,” arrives in an user’s inbox as an email with a Microsoft Word document attached, containing malicious macros. Once enabled, the macros will scramble and encrypt files and the user must either pay a ransom, or hope that a recent backup will prevent any lost data.
How to Identify an Email Containing Locky
According to KnowBe4’s security awareness training blog, an email with ransomware will have a subject line similar to "ATTN: Invoice J-99223146" and a message such as "Please see the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice." The content of the word document will appear scrambled and illegible with various fonts and symbols, and the top of the document will prompt the user to enable macros in order to read the document.
Screenshot of infected word document, courtesy of KnowBe4:
In this modern age of consumerism, it’s been left to popular culture to try and explain complex and controversial ideas. However, this has perhaps never failed us more than in the recent film starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz.
While it’s the protagonist’s ignorance to what the cloud actually is that causes the calamity, and ultimately lends the film its charm, but its portrayal of what the cloud actually is couldn’t be more wrong and detrimental to the service. It’s this portrayal of the cloud as an abstract, impossible to fathom entity that causes people to be weary of the cloud.
What nonprofits should understand is that the cloud is not only helpful, it can be organization altering. It has the power to connect departments of an organization and empower employees to work from anywhere.
Here are more specifics on exactly why you should stop paying attention to pop culture, and start warming up to the cloud.
If you’ve read an article about big data in the last year or two, and thought “That’s too big to effect my nonprofit...” you’re probably wrong.
Big data is the name given to the millions of digital interactions corporations and nonprofits experience every day across social media platforms, websites, and third party resources. Many people view big data as the key to unlock marketing potential and grant thorough insight into the minds and habit of constituents.
Having the edge in technology is no longer a luxury, it’s essential for nonprofits to keep up in the fast paced world we live in today.
The cloud’s idea whether your nonprofit is struggling to improve efficiency, reduce costs, or simply have a more reliable computer system to complete your mission using. Why? There’s been significant enhancements made to the technology in recent years, and adoption of the cloud has opened the doors for many organizations to benefit.
The cloud has evolved dramatically from when it was first conceived in the 1950’s, when it was originally referred to as an “intergalactic computer network”, and corporations started prioritizing the efficiency of their large-scale mainframe computers, which allowed multiple users physical access to a computer from multiple terminals.
A tidal wave of concerns have been raised since then, and those concerns have been subsequently met with innovation of the technology, especially around the idea of security and scalability.
Cloud computing is an exciting technology that is projected to become pervasive in not only nonprofits, but in the common person’s daily life.
However, there is a sense of discomfort associated with the novel technology. Many do not fully understand the technology, what it can offer an organization, or even fully understand exactly how it works.
If your nonprofit is considering a switch to the cloud, it is important to not only understand what the cloud has the potential to provide to your nonprofit, but it’s also equally as important to understand the risks and service factors associated with making the switch.
It is the goal of this blog to demystify this technology, and make the potential cloud computing consumer more comfortable with making the switch.