Nonprofits’ Solution for Data Security and Cloud Protection
Nonprofit organizations have a crucial place in American Society, from public libraries and museums to community service groups and religious organizations, they make a difference to the lives of millions of American people every day. While such organizations vary considerably in size, budgets and scope, all must deal with the same challenges, and that includes cybersecurity and data protection.
Even the smallest organizations utilize extensive database and cloud solutions, often storing sensitive and valued data regarding individuals and other organizations. This reliance on the digital world has been extended in recent times as many organizations switched to remote working during the pandemic, and they have retained the model for cost and convenience. With data, especially personally identifiable data being a valuable commodity today, this places any nonprofit at risk of cybersecurity issues, with attacks that could compromise data, disrupt systems being a constant threat.
Cyberattacks are also in a constant state of evolution, threats becoming ever more sophisticated and precise in their targets. For Nonprofit organizations, this presents a fine balancing act, with the need for accessibility for workers and others offset by the need for secure solutions to protect against data theft, cyberattacks, hardware failure and even human error. Any of these can damage both operational effectiveness and public trust, incurring downtime that can cripple service provision, bringing high costs for recovery that may prove unsustainable.
Effective protection from digital issues, including all kinds of cybersecurity threats, is as essential for nonprofit organizations as it is any other, however a recent Microsoft report showed that over 17% of nonprofits lack the tools needed to manage sensitive data, with many in the sector operating on limited IT resources and reduced personnel, leaving them unable to implement cybersecurity policy effectively or train staff appropriately.
The importance of cybersecurity means that nonprofits need effective data protection and complete endpoint security solutions that cater to their unique needs.
Cybersecurity and cloud data protection for nonprofits
Sensitive data is always in demand, and that need has driven constant evolution in the approach cyberattacks take to access it. For nonprofits, holding data in the cloud is often integral to operational activities, and with that comes the risk of cybersecurity attacks. This is acerbated by the common use of a distributed team model, with members working from home on their own equipment.
With a lack of experience in cybersecurity risk and little time or budget for adequate training, nonprofits also face additional challenges where data integrity and operational effectiveness are concerned. Effective system management, including hardware maintenance all present further challenges that have the potential to drastically impact the organization’s ability to carry out their operations.
In addition, with employees and volunteers lacking training, using non-standard equipment often provided by themselves, there is a significant risk of cybersecurity being compromised through human error. A compromised home computer could allow a cybersecurity threat for a cloud-based software or data storage solution, while be their nature a distributed team increases the risks involved with the operation of the business. To combat this, an effective cybersecurity solution that not only provides cloud data protection by analysis activity to identify network threats and compromised systems is a necessity for nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Why would a cyberattack target the nonprofit sector?
Frequently under resourced, yet often holding valuable sensitive data, nonprofit organizations are a prime target for cyber-attacks. Often seen as a ‘soft’ target, nonprofits are attractive for cyber-criminals as the data they hold is in demand, while compared to a multinational business, will have less resources to fund their cybersecurity defense.
In addition, while carrying out important work, nonprofit organizations are integral to a functioning society, and disrupting operations can cause major issues across the country. As terror organizations and state powers turn increasingly to digital warfare, this is a threat that is only going to increase.
Importantly, the nature of these threats is not constant. They continue to evolve, find new attack vectors adapt new technology to carry out such actions. This highlights the importance of cybersecurity for all, including nonprofit organizations. Having effective cybersecurity software and other protections is crucial for all nonprofits today, and it will become increasingly so as we move forward.
Acronis SCS is the solution to nonprofit cybersecurity threats
Meet Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud – our NEW FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified cloud solution run and supported in the US by 100% US citizens. A full suite of solutions via a single pane of glass, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud empowers nonprofit customers with a wide range of features including backup, ransomware protection, and file sync and share, all managed from a centralized console. With mix-and-match functionality, plug-and-play capability, and pay-as-you-go pricing, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud meets all the unique needs facing nonprofit entities and organizations. Regardless of hardware, software, or use case, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud puts a full suite of solutions at your fingertips—which means you can satisfy your organization’s specific needs today and tomorrow.
One integrated solution that delivers complete protection from today’s threats—enabling you to streamline management, cut unnecessary administrative time, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud builds confidence and peace of mind with built-in, AI-based static and behavioral heuristic anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-ransomware, and anti-cryptojacking technologies and allows you to protect even remote collaboration tools like WebEX, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams with vulnerability assessment, patch management, code injection prevention, and anti-malware capabilities.
Ensure seamless business continuity thanks to top-level, best-in-class vulnerability assessments and patch management functionality via a single, centralized management console. Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud gives you visibility into the protection status of all endpoints and data across your infrastructure so you can easily inventory your IT landscape, monitor your disk drive health and cyber fitness, and batch and remote agent installation through an easy to use wizard.
Backup & Recovery
Access the most robust data protection with secure backup and recovery through a combination of backup-as-a-service, AI-based anti-ransomware technologies, and end-to-end encryption. Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud gives you peace of mind that no data will ever be lost and ensures continuous data protection even between scheduled backups.
Flexible Deployment & Licensing
We strive to ensure our customers are equipped with the operational assurance and cyber protection they need to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex cyber landscape. As such, we have developed products and licensing structures that allow you to choose the right solutions for you – whether that be a private or Acronis SCS certified cloud or even on-premise solutions. In addition, our flexible licensing models, including annual subscriptions and monthly pay-as-you-go options, offer an adaptive solution to meet your specific public sector needs and budgets. Whatever choice you make, Acronis SCS is dedicated to providing superior service, extensive training and onboarding, 100% US based support, and industry leading technology – all without adding financial and operational burden to you.
Why Choose Acronis SCS?
At Acronis SCS, the US public sector is our #1 priority – in fact, it’s our only priority. As such, we understand public sector agencies and organizations are subject to some of the most stringent regulatory standards and requirements. Fortunately, Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud– our FIPS 140-2, CJIS, and HIPAA certified cloud solution – has been tested and certified to provide operational assurance and data security across America’s federal, state and local government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit computing environments.
Additionally, all members of our support team are US citizens based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They understand your pain points and know how to provide top-notch support to US public sector customers of all stripes, from large federal agencies to the smallest K-12 schools. When you choose Acronis SCS, your organization gains access to security-conscious support from experienced, US-based professionals. No matter the fix, you maintain complete control over your systems and data – we will never remote in or pass data to third parties. In addition, Our US-based data centers mean 100% of your data is housed on US soil, as mandated by the federal government and requested by public sector agencies and organizations.
With Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud, you can confidently protect the most sensitive data in some of the most targeted computing environments.