Cybersecurity Essentials for Every Nonprofit Leader

November 10, 2021 @ 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Cybersecurity Essentials for Every Nonprofit Leader

When: Wednesday, November 10 | 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Where:  Zoom
Session Facilitator: Trevor Meers, Pratum 
Cost: Free

T-Mobile. Wolfe Eye Clinic. Even DMACC?! Cybersecurity concerns are landing on all of our desks. But if hackers can break into giant companies and organizations, what can a nonprofit do? Get ready for some good news: A few basic and inexpensive information security practices can radically reduce your organization’s exposure to hackers.

In this session, an Iowa cybersecurity educator will provide a simple guide to critical conversations that nonprofit leaders and board members should be having. You’ll learn how some famous attacks happened, how hackers typically get into systems, and how fundamental measures provide a powerful defense.

Join us as we break down common cybersecurity myths, including:

  • No hacker will target our little organization.
  • Paying ransom to get data back is distasteful, but effective.
  • Only big IT budgets can make a difference in cybersecurity.
  • A good cyber insurance policy will fix everything if we get hacked.
  • Better technology is the answer.
During the session, you’ll get links to resources such as posters that can educate your team about common security risks and a template for starting a plan to handle potential breaches.


Presenter Bio: 

Trevor Meers serves as director of partnerships and content at Pratum, a cybersecurity consulting firm based in Ankeny. Trevor has spent most of his career as a journalist, including almost 20 years at Meredith Corporation. He began covering technology when America Online and CD-ROMs were really big deals. He writes a weekly cybersecurity blog and leads Pratum’s educational outreach efforts. Trevor brings a non-profit board member’s perspective to cybersecurity, thanks to his current role as president of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation board and past service on boards including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa. Trevor holds a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Drake.

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