Malicious actors are changing tactics, targeting personally identifiable information (PII) that’s often easy to steal and lucrative to sell. Consider the recent case of an email marketing breach that saw 809 million PII-containing records compromised by attackers.

Now, nonprofit organizations that have historically been overlooked by hackers are viewed as lucrative opportunities. Lacking robust security controls and strategies, critical donor and patron PII offers high value and low risk for potential attackers.

At HALOCK, we’re committed to deploying cybersecurity for nonprofit organizations that both reduces total risk and enhances long-term defense — here’s how our team can help.

The Nonprofit Problem

Nonprofits often struggle with cybersecurity. As noted by recent survey data, almost 70 percent of those asked had no documented policies and procedures in place for cyberattacks — even though 37 percent have discovered unauthorized applications on their network. What’s more, 20 percent “don’t know” if their network has been compromised by unapproved apps.

This creates a gap between critical nonprofit cybersecurity and organizational mandates. Companies know they need to better protect donor and patron information, but often lack the IT expertise and infrastructure required.

Better Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

Improving cybersecurity for nonprofit organizations is often made more difficult because companies lack the time and resources to deploy full-time, dedicated IT teams. HALOCK can help nonprofits meet this challenge with services such as:

  • Security Engineering: Complexity can sidetrack cybersecurity for nonprofits; the wide array of IT and services now available makes it challenging to identify the mix of on-premise and cloud-based security products. HALOCK’s professional security engineering services help nonprofits find their InfoSec best fit.
  • Compliance Management: PII handling, storage and security is now governed by multiple — and evolving — pieces of legislation such as GDPR, HIPAA and state-specific acts. Our experts help nonprofits identify relevant compliance regulations and ensure they’re prepared to meet the challenge.
  • Penetration Testing: If nonprofit organizations experience a data breach, investigating agencies will look for “due diligence” in protecting PII. HALOCK’s penetration testing services are designed to search network vulnerabilities and recommend key countermeasures.
  • Workforce Recruiting: If you’re looking for in-house IT talent, the specialized nature of many security roles combined with the competitiveness of the InfoSec job market makes this a challenge for nonprofits. HALOCK can help define critical job roles and provide access to skilled candidates who aren’t available on job boards.
  • Incident Response – When a breach does occur, you need to address the attack immediately, contain it, and remediate the threat. Having a trusted, expert incident response team to stop, fix, and an ongoing incident response plan to keep your data secure.
  • Third Party Risk Management/Vendor Risk Management: Ensure third-party partners are aligned with your organization’s risk controls. Vendors and contractors serve as an extension of your group. They represent you and should operate under your business requirements. HALOCK can help build and manage a specific program for your environment.
  • Risk Assessments: Regulations require your safeguards be reasonable to your organization, customers, and partners. With many frameworks available, how do you establish your acceptable risk? The Duty of Care Risk Assessment (DoCRA) helps you define a balanced security strategy factoring in compliance and safeguards based on your specific business and objectives.
  • Privacy CCPA is the most sweeping legislation to date in the U.S. that concerns the protection of personal information.  It broadens the definition of what constitutes personal information and gives California citizens greater control over what companies can do with their personal data.  This includes the right to exempt their own personal information from being shared or purchased on the open market. Understand the impact this change and other states’ requirements have on your organization.


“We have always had a good experience with Halock. Whether a planned project, or incident emergency.”

 – Not-for-profit Association


Finding the Balance With HALOCK

Effective nonprofit cybersecurity requires organizations to find a balance between data protection and company performance. If staff can’t easily access donor information to drive new pledges, campaign goals could go unmet. Further, if unpatched security holes let hackers through the gate, nonprofits could face serious legal and legislative challenges.

That’s why we created the concept of purpose-driven security: tools and teams custom-designed to address your specific issues without impacting productivity. For nonprofits, this means applying just the right amount of security engineering; compliance management and penetration testing to meet compliance requirements; and leveraging our workforce recruitment tools to ensure critical assets and network processes are protected.

Cybersecurity for nonprofits is essential to defend PII and guarantee smooth operations — HALOCK can help. Let’s talk.