You may have heard over lately about a new, very serious, malware called WannaCry Decryptor. Security experts are dubbing this one of the worst malware cases they have ever seen. On Friday, May 12th organizations including healthcare facilities, in countries outside of the US were hit hard, including The National Health Service in the UK. The malware was enough to shutdown operations. As cybervillains intensify efforts to crack into your networks and devices, here’s are 4 best practices to keep your data safe.
Security is a continual hot topic among IT leaders in small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofit groups. New threats are emerging, such as ransomware , while existing threats evolve and cause havoc, such as phishing scams over email and malware that targets mobile devices.
Cyberthieves target nonprofits because they have valuable client and financial data, along with other sensitive information, says Eman El-Sheikh, director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida.
“From an attacker’s perspective, small and medium-sized organizations have access to the same data, and they may be easier targets,” she explains. “They may not have the resources or personnel to dedicate to cybersecurity that a larger corporation might.”
To make life tougher for cybercriminals, however, SMBs and nonprofits are investing in resources and IT expertise — and in some cases, outsourcing that work — to shore up their cybersecurity.
Consider Managed Security Services
In a 2016 survey by the Ponemon Institute of 598 businesses, SMBs reported that 34 percent of their IT security operations are supported by managed security service providers.
The National Kidney Registry is one such organization. Based in Babylon, N.Y., the nonprofit NKR matches people who need kidney transplants with donors, so it deals with large quantities of sensitive health information.
Its apps include email; a central kidney donor database; secure portals for transplant centers and hospitals to enter patient and donor information; and data analytics software to identify potential donor-patient matches.
NKR used to manage everything in-house. To improve uptime and security, it moved its infrastructure to a cloud provider. Joe Sinacore, NKR’s director of education and development, says he frets most that hackers will steal patient data or that malware will incapacitate its apps.
“It’s a matter of life and death, so we can’t afford for our database to go down,” he says.
The provider monitors NKR’s systems 24/7, runs penetration tests and can immediately detect security threats and resolve them. Turning to an outside team of security experts lets the nonprofit’s staff focus on its mission of matching donors, Sinacore says.
“We don’t have time to do the security ourselves, and now we don’t have to worry about it,” he says.
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