Community IT Innovators Nonprofit Technology Topics

Cybersecurity Basics for Nonprofits: Defending Against Boggarts and Boogiemen

May 02, 2022 Community IT Innovators Season 3 Episode 20
Community IT Innovators Nonprofit Technology Topics
Cybersecurity Basics for Nonprofits: Defending Against Boggarts and Boogiemen
Show Notes

Are you afraid to think about cybersecurity basics for your nonprofits needs? 

Are you an “accidental techie” – tasked with keeping the IT running at your nonprofit even though you don’t *really have an IT background? *at all

Wondering where to start building a case for cybersecurity basics to your nonprofit executives and board?

Join Community IT CTO Matt Eshleman and Sales Manager Sarah Wolfe in a new webinar presented at the 2022NTC Conference.

Cybersecurity: “the measures taken to ensure an organization is protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data.” AKA “An accidental techie’s biggest nightmare.”

With all the million dollar attacks on nonprofits in the news – whether ransomware, internal data leaks, or wire fraud scams – cybersecurity can really give you bad dreams. And if you are unsure of the lingo or where to turn for help it can be daunting to even make a start.

You know you need to put together a case to convince your executives and your board – but are there low-cost tools and preventative measures you can put in place quickly? What are the best practices when your organization is reluctant to invest in a strong cybersecurity stance?

After this presentation on cybersecurity basics for nonprofits, “accidental techies” will feel confident in their knowledge of current cybersecurity trends and best practices, as well as language to use when seeking buy-in from leadership and/or staff.

The presentation

  • Summarizes the current and forecasted “threat landscape”
  • Shares three key policies & procedures to roll out for basic peace of mind
  • Reviews persuasion points to make while requesting time and funding

As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. 

Community IT and NTEN, the membership organization and sponsor of the NTC conference, are proudly vendor-agnostic and our webinars cover a range of topics and discussions. Webinars are never a sales pitch, always a way to share our knowledge with our community.

NTC is the signature conference in Nonprofit Tech every year, hosted by NTEN. In 2022 it featured over 180 live, interactive, and thought-provoking sessions including this one; daily inspiring keynote speakers; and ways to connect, including opportunities for one-on-one connections, small group meetings, and sponsor conversations. In 2023 NTC plans to be in-person in Denver, in March.


A DC Area native, Sarah Wolfe joined Community IT Innovators in March 2018 as Account Associate before being promoted to Sales Manager. She is responsible for ensuring our partner organizations are receiving the right combination of IT support services to meet their organizational needs and goals. She is a founder of the internal BLM working group at Community IT. Prior to joining Community IT, Sarah was a science teacher at various schools in Maryland. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and took classes at UMCP for her teaching certification. 

As the Chief Technology Officer at Community IT, Matthew Eshleman is responsible for shaping Community IT’s strategy around the technology platforms used by organizations to be secure and productive. While working full time at Community IT Matt received his MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. He now serves as CTO and Cybersecurity expert.

He is the session designer and trainer for TechSoup’s Digital Security and Cloud Security courses, our resident Cybersecurity expert, and  a frequent speaker on cybersecurity topics. In addition to numerous cybersecurity webinars for the Community IT monthly webinar series, he has also given cybersecurity talks at many organizations.