CTComms sends on average 2 million emails monthly on behalf of over 125 different charities and not for profits.
More people are now aware of issues around IT security and virus protection – to a greater or lesser extent. If you’re in the ‘lesser’ camp then it’s time to grasp that nettle…
by Alex Marsh
15 December 2011 (updated 22 May 2012)
Millions of consumers send credit card and personal information over the internet, comfortable with the security of their favourite sites. Justifiably so? After all, there is no ‘season of goodwill’ in some corners of the IT world…
Virus protection… IT security… already some will be finding these brief notes intimidating. But many small charities don’t have an IT specialist to do the worrying for them. And security is as much a cultural as a technical matter… perhaps even more so.
Even a tiny charity has much to lose from an attack on its IT systems or website:
So why ‘a cultural matter’? Because this is what a technical solution - security software - can generally do:
And this is what it can’t:
So ‘IT Security’ equals ‘good software’ plus ‘organisation-wide policies and awareness.’ Or, if you like, ‘a burglar alarm’ plus ‘remembering to close the window’.
Once synonymous with petty vandalism, ‘hacking’ is now a tool for organised criminals. It’s often automated and nothing personal, so don’t think ‘why should they target us?’ The tiniest charity has something of value: from personal information to illicit use of processing power, email servers or webspace.
So a New Year’s resolution: review your security software, revisit your policies, train as appropriate and raise awareness. If at all possible, consider a security audit by an experienced professional. But you and your colleagues still need to know and care!
Worth a look: Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2012
Norton is a world-leader in antivirus and security tools; its flagship software is available on the CTXchange programme for an administration fee of just £3.00 (+VAT)
Aside from robust security features, it offers privacy settings to govern how your own surfing is tracked across the web.
The donation includes subscription database updates for one year – these are downloaded automatically when available. All support, upgrade options etc are identical to the commercial product.
For more information, click here.
Worth a look: CTT’s own CPTerminal
CPTerminal turns your PC into a secure online payments terminal, replacing traditional credit card machines. It’s accessed over the web and is compliant with the credit card industry’s highest tier of security standards.
It provides the credibility and reassurance of support from RBS Streamline, Barclays and HSBC Card Services.
It supports single or recurring payments in multiple currencies – from membership subscriptions to charity shop transactions.
For more information, click here
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