Nonprofit Cybersecurity Consulting

Protect your data.
Protect your funding.
Protect your reputation.

Nonprofit Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Increase your nonprofit’s cyber-resilience

Nonprofits are at an all-time high risk of cyber-attacks and data breaches.

The combination of plentiful data, unaddressed vulnerabilities, and limited resources makes nonprofits a perfect target for cyber-attacks. With the average U.S. data security breach costing $11 million – not including costly ripple effects like eroded public trust, lawsuits, and lost grants and contracts – your nonprofit’s hard-earned funding (and survivability) is at risk.

At COMO Solutions, we make nonprofit cybersecurity clear, actionable, and cost-effective.

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Two decades of data security and privacy risk management expertise.

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Deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector, including unique needs and vulnerabilities.
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Focus on clear actions to establish cyber hygiene and resiliency for your organization.

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Ability to discuss cybersecurity risks, solutions, and budget choices in plain language.

Do any of these common vulnerabilities faced by nonprofits every year ring a bell?

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Has a limited budget with no dedicated line item for cybersecurity.
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Relies heavily on the free versions of antivirus software and Cloud-based shared workspaces.

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Has a computer network and equipment that are aging, outdated, and/or lacking critical updates.
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Has never received cybersecurity training from a cyber expert – or its last one was a mess or scare fest.

Nonprofit Cybersecurity Services for Every Budget

Essentials Package: Assess Cybersecurity Gaps

Take the first critical step to protect the sensitive data that donors, grantors, staff, and others entrust to your organization.

COMO Solutions’ detailed and actionable cybersecurity assessment identifies vulnerabilities in critical areas of your network and systems – gaps that put your organization’s resiliency and survivability at risk.

Our assessment reports are more than just a laundry list of vulnerabilities. Our goal isn’t to instill fear or impress you with our knowledge; we want to help you protect your organization from a wide range of threats. COMO’s assessment report will provide your team with clear actions for filling cybersecurity gaps and increasing your overall data security.

In plain language, we’ll walk you through your custom assessment, including:

  • Network Security Gap Assessment to determine the cybersecurity baseline.
  • Key areas of vulnerability including any significant data security issues.
  • Security Assessment Scanning which includes a vulnerability scan of local networks, computer devices, and other common points of entry for cyber threats.
  • Security Assessment Report (SAR) which includes detailed findings, clearly stated recommendations, and the associated resources needed to take positive action.
Professional Package: A Roadmap for Cyber Resiliency

A custom roadmap to protect your organization’s data and finances from cyber-attacks.

Donors, employees, and clientele trust you with sensitive information. Many grantors also now require nonprofits to safeguard this data. This means that merely understanding your nonprofit’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities isn’t enough – you need to know how to fix them.

COMO Solutions eliminates the confusion and guesswork by providing you and your leadership team with a milestone-driven plan with step-by-step actions to become a more secure and resilient organization.

The Professional Package includes all the services in the Essentials Package plus:

  • A Program Level Security Risk Assessment.
  • A review of the results from a network penetration test and evaluation.
  • A Risk Assessment Report (RAP) detailing our findings for the program and technical level recommendations, plus an estimate of the resources needed to implement them.
  • Long-term corrective action planning and prioritization.
Executive Package: A Full Nonprofit Cybersecurity Solution

Our “all-in-one” and done-for-you solution protects your organization and frees up your team’s valuable time and energy.

Let the security experts at COMO Solutions design and implement your cybersecurity program. Our all-in-one solution relieves the burden on your staff and eliminates the “hit or miss” that comes with trying to figure things out yourself along the way. While we put our expertise to work, you can focus on advancing the mission instead of worrying about what to do next.

Our 12-month full-service package includes everything in the Essentials and Professional service packages plus:

  • Short-term and long-term corrective action planning and prioritization.
  • Annual training and education programs for board and staff.
    12 months of:
    • Audit support and representation.
    • Monthly board briefings and reporting.
    • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) office hours with Q&A.
  • A 12- to 24-month Data Security and Privacy Roadmap that includes achievable and cost-effective actions and milestones.
  • A set of 20 customized corporate-level data security and privacy policies.
  • A set of standard security procedural and planning templates that take the guesswork out of becoming more secure, resilient, and privacy-aware.

Compare Our Three Service Packages

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Services Essentials Package
Assess Cybersecurity Gaps
Professional
A Roadmap for Cyber Resiliency
Executive
A Full Nonprofit Cybersecurity Solution
Network Security Gap Assessment to determine the cybersecurity baseline. X X X
Key areas of vulnerability including any significant data security issues. X X X
Security Assessment Scanning which includes a vulnerability scan of local networks, computer devices, and other common points of entry for cyber threats. X X X
Security Assessment Report (SAR) which includes detailed findings, clearly stated recommendations, and the associated resources needed to take positive action. X X X
A Program Level Security Risk Assessment. X X
A review of the results from a network penetration test and evaluation. X X
A Risk Assessment Report (RAP) detailing our findings for the program and technical level recommendations, plus an estimate of the resources needed to implement them. X X
Long-term corrective action planning and prioritization. X X
Short-term and long-term corrective action planning and prioritization. X
Annual training and education programs for board and staff. X
12 months of audit support and representation. X
12 months of monthly board briefings and reporting. X
12 months of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) office hours with Q&A. X
A 12- to 24-month Data Security and Privacy Roadmap that includes achievable and cost-effective actions and milestones.

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A set of 20 customized corporate-level data security and privacy policies. X
A set of standard security procedural and planning templates that take the guesswork out of becoming more secure, resilient, and privacy-aware. X

Nonprofit Cybersecurity FAQs

My nonprofit is small and just does X. Why would anyone come after us?
Over 60% of traffic on the internet today is non-human, which means most cyber-attacks are not personal. Instead, attacks often come from malicious internet robots (bots) created and programmed by humans and then unleashed into the wilds of the internet. These bots crawl all over the internet, scraping content from web pages, social media posts, and other publicly available information. They indiscriminately search for attack targets, including vulnerabilities in computers and computer networks or users more than willing to open links and attachments from unknown senders. Staff and budget size do not matter. All nonprofits are vulnerable.
My organization has a small budget, what can we do to be cyber secure?

There are several steps nonprofits of all sizes can take to make your organization more cyber secure.

  • Create two separate line items in your operating budget: one for IT and one for data security. This will prompt you to set aside money each year to invest in essential purchases and renewals. Companies such as TechSoup offer discounted equipment, software, and other security essentials to 501(c)(3) organizations, enabling you to purchase technology that receives security updates.
  • Stop saving login information and other secure data on computers, especially computers that are networked. This way, attackers will not gain access to different parts of the kingdom should there be an incident.
  • Make sure computer operating systems are up-to-date and run daily virus scans. While free scanners offer some protection, this is one area where investing in paid software is critical.
Can you guarantee we will never have a security incident?
We can never guarantee that an organization will be incident-free for the rest of its existence because that is beyond our control. When we meet with new clients, many have already had one or more incidents without even knowing. There is no way to predict how compromised data might be used in the future.

We equip nonprofits to mitigate cybersecurity risk through best practices in prevention, detection, and remediation. The customized data security and privacy program we design for each of our clients includes policies and processes that, when followed, significantly reduce vulnerability, and meet “duty of care” under statutory and regulatory mandates.

What should we expect related to ongoing diligence once completed with your cybersecurity services?
When it comes to managing cyber risk and creating resiliency, one size doesn’t fit all. For this reason, COMO Solutions develops a customized approach for each client that takes into consideration risk, capacity, and cost. In addition, we offer a full-service Nonprofit Data Security and Privacy Package in which our team of credentialed and highly experienced cybersecurity experts design, implement, and manage your nonprofit’s data security and privacy program for 12 months with annual renewal options. This frees up you and your team to focus on mission advancement while we do the heavy (cyber)lifting behind the scenes.