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Mobile Device Management for Not-For-Profits

Risk Advisory/Internal Audit|Not-for-Profit

By Zachary Kramer

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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