Churches Urged to Step Up Security as Hackers Target Collection Plates

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Security firms step up plan to provide donated security software

These days, when you get ready to swipe your card at a big box store, a thought may flash through your mind – “sure hope my data is safe.”

After all, Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus and Michaels, among others, have seen their systems breached by hackers in the recent past.

But do you have the same worries about transactions with your church, or other nonprofits? A cybersecurity firm says you should.

TechSoup, an oganization that makes software and technology help available to non-profits, says religious organizations and other nonprofits need to be more proactive in the steps they take to secure personal and financial information.

Donated security software
The company has announced an agreement with Bitdefender, an established firm in the cybersecurity space, to give churches and religious organizations access to donated Internet security software.

We know how devastating a cyber attack on a retail chain can be. Millions of credit cards have to be replaced.

What is less known, and perhaps less thought about, is how a breach can affect a nonprofit organization like a church. Apparently, it happens all the time.

When it does, TechSoup says a church can lose contributions and see its reputation suffer.

There’s the case of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, whose records were compromised after the church’s computer system became infected with the CryptoLocker ransomware. These extortion schemes usually demand money in exchange for a decryption key that restores the files back to normal.

In the case of the church, it was able to restore its server from backup — but the process shut the system down for several days. Sometimes, however, damage is far worse.

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SOURCE: Consumer Affairs
Mark Huffman

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