To accommodate tight budgets and limited funds, many not-for-profit organizations have given the green light for employees to “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) to work.
Using a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone as a fundraising platform or an additional way to keep in touch with donors, vendors or target demographic may appear to be a fiscally smart alternative option to stretch your organization’s limited technology funds. However, the potential danger for a security breach lurks.
According to a recent white paper by business software provider, Advanced Exchequer, not-for-profit organizations are highly vulnerable to IT security risks and reputational damage without a formal BYOD policy in place.
Storing sensitive organizational data should always remain a high priority for any enterprise. For not-for-profit organizations, the protection of highly sensitive donor or beneficiary data should be just as significant.
Not-for-profits should look to make the transmission of data to and from a mobile device as iron-clad as possible. Each device should be inspected to ensure that adequate security measures are in place. Possible solutions include, but are not limited to: enabling encryption or activating a mobile application management platform (the ability to remotely disable application access or completely wipe the device if it is lost or stolen).
Still, the most important way to prevent a security breach is to educate employees. Not-for-profits should create a BYOD policy that is communicated to staff on a regular basis and describes what may and may not be processed on a personal mobile device. The policy should also describe what is to be if should a device were to be compromised.
Through proper enforcement of policy and procedures, a successful BYOD strategy can allow not-for-profit organizations to utilize mobile technology as a way to push their organization further ahead without compromising sensitive data and reputational risk.
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