Security Resources for Your Nonprofit or Library What you need to know to keep your nonprofit or library technology secure Ariel Gilbert-Knight - November 08, 2012 All the security know-how you need to keep your nonprofit or library technology secure. You've invested in the right tools for keeping your organization's technology secure. Now check out these security resources that help your organization prevent and combat common security threats.Below you'll find articles, discussion forums, news items, and vendor-specific advice for securing your computers and protecting your organization.Basic Security GuidesThese resources provide an introduction to key security topics:The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce (PDF) have excellent small-business security essentials guides. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission offers an interactive Protecting Personal Information guide. The National Cyber Security Alliance has resources to assess risks, develop a security plan, and protect your organization's data. The archived TechSoup webinar, Security Basics, is a good introduction to security fundamentals. TechSoup's article Protecting Your Organization from Spyware, Viruses, and Other Malware provides tips for using your antivirus and anti-malware software. The TechSoup article Password Tips for Privacy helps you develop and implement a strong password policy. Lasa's Working Safely Online offers tips to help your staff work safely anytime, anywhere. TechSoup's advice on Things You Can Do to Prevent Spam introduces basic steps to keep spam from cluttering up your inboxes and opening your organization up to security risks. The TechSoup article Your Organization's Backup Strategy can help you get started planning a comprehensive backup solution. Threat Reports and NewsThe threats your organization faces are constantly evolving. Keep on top of them with these resources:General: The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team's (US-CERT) current activity report includes updated security threat news, including patches and other security fixes released by major vendors. McAfee and other security vendors also offer virus alerts. Threat reports: Symantec and other major security vendors issue periodic threat reports summarizing the current security landscape. Vendor-specific: Many vendors also issue their own alerts to help you stay on top of potential issues occurring in specific software. For example, Microsoft offers a variety of Technical Security Notifications, as does Adobe. Mobile Security ResourcesMobile devices are becoming an increasingly appealing target for cybercriminals. While some devices are more popular targets for mobile malware, all smartphones and tablets — including Android, Apple, Windows, and Blackberry devices — are at risk for theft and data loss. Get started protecting your mobile devices:Security vendors such as Lookout and Trend Micro issue periodic Mobile Threat Reports and offer mobile security news and tips. For a more detailed approach, see the US-CERT whitepaper, Cyber Threats to Mobile Devices. If your staff is requesting to work on their personal tablets or phones, you might consider setting up a secure Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workplace. Be sure to backup your devices before disaster strikes! TechSoup has how-tos on backing up Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices. PCWorld's article "Security to go: Three tips to keep your mobile data safe" offers some sane advice for keeping malware and hackers at bay. The Good (and Bad) News about Mobile Security, from the TechSoup blog, explores mobile threats and provides tips for protecting your organization's mobile devices. Disaster PlanningTechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery resources can help your organization be prepared no matter what happens.Resources for Your UsersMany security threats don't have an easy technical solution. Your users are a key component of keeping your organization secure. Help them work safely with these quick and easy tips for emailing, web surfing, mobile device safety, and other computing basics: Healthy and secure computing and mobile device safety tips from Stop Think Connect More resources at Staysafeonline.org Ask Questions in the TechSoup forumsThe Security Forum is a great place to ask (and answer!) your security questions.Learn MoreMany companies offer detailed articles and whitepapers to help you learn more about specific topics, such as:Symantec resources Red Earth white papers By following basic security guidelines, you'll save time and money by ensuring that resources are spent not on recovering your hard drive or deleting spam, but on your constituents and your mission. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.