Where Can Your Nonprofit Turn For Affordable IT Services?

Nonprofits often make the mistake of thinking cybercrime is only a real threat to businesses as big as Sony, Target, and Home Depot. That’s all you ever hear about in the news, right?

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In fact, smaller organizations are more likely to be targeted, because cybercriminals know they are more likely to neglect their network security than larger enterprises. According to the annual Symantec Internet Security Report, 60% of all web-based attacks in 2014 were directed towards small to medium-sized businesses.

The Dire Consequences of DIY

As a nonprofit, making your budget work can be a challenge depending on the level of funding you’re currently receiving. If times are tough, you might consider taking a DIY approach to IT so you can avoid cutting back in other areas.

Don’t.

Opting to just download some free antivirus software and manage it yourself is a great way to save a little money… it’s also a great way to get your nonprofit shut down for good.

Every year the threat landscape grows more menacing. In 2013, 252 million new pieces of malware were created. That figure jumped 26% in just a year with 317 million new pieces of malware created in 2014.

Without an effective and up-to-date security solution, you’re a prime target, and the financial consequences of a cyberattack are dire.  The cost of data loss from just a single incident might be enough to close you down for good, as over half of small businesses close within 6 months after sustaining a web-based attack.

Hiring an experienced network security professional is the best way to protect your nonprofit from cybercrime.

Holding your Data Hostage

Neglect your security and you’ll be vulnerable to all manner of tech disaster. This includes crypto-ransomware attacks, which involve a cybercriminal locking up your computer and threating to delete everything unless you send over a ransom, usually somewhere in the range of $300 – $500.

The ransom itself is more an insult than it is an actual problem, but you’ll end up paying a lot more if the virtual hostage-taker decides to take the ransom and just delete your files anyway, which is what often occurs.

Crypto-ransomware attacks saw a 4,000% increase from 2013 to 2014, and last year also marked the first appearance of crypto-ransomware on a mobile device (in was an Android phone, in case Apple lovers would like something else to lord over the disciples of Gates).

There’s also a less direct factor to consider: you depend on contributions from donors to fund your operations. Even if you manage to survive significant data loss, if word gets out that that you’ve previously suffered a security breach, donors will avoid your nonprofit in fear of their own sensitive data being compromised.

Don’t allow a limited budget to be an excuse for neglecting your IT infrastructure.

It doesn’t take a fleet of $50,000/year IT workers to properly secure your network. By outsourcing your IT support to Owia Technology, you’ll get everything you associate with an in-house IT department – quick response times, regular assessments of your security situation, proactive measures to stay one step ahead of possible threats, long-term planning and consulting –  all for less than the cost of a single full-time employee.

IT support that is both affordable and effective is possible with the managed services that Owia Technology provides.

Contact us at (571) 499-4349 or info@owiatech.com for more information about our IT services for nonprofits.