🔓Security Platforms & Recommendations

Security platforms, including Zero Trust frameworks and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, can benefit nonprofits. They establish robust defenses against cyber threats, ensuring data integrity and safeguarding sensitive information. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and DNS security are crucial to protect against unauthorized access and potential breaches, fostering a secure operational environment.

If you're looking for password managers, those are listed in this article.

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VPN & Zero-Trust Software

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Multi-factor Authentication

DNS Security

VPN & Zero-Trust Software

VPN software that ensures network traffic from your computer or mobile device is encrypted and secure. These services are great for working with sensitive data remotely or ensuring privacy in public places like coffee shops or hotels.

Cloudflare WARP

Cloudflare WARP is free, and the app is straightforward to use. You can download the software for free and enable the VPN without creating an account. You know your internet is secure when the Cloudflare cloud is enabled (orange). Cloudflare runs one of the most reliable networks on the planet.

pageSecuring Network Traffic on Your PC Using Cloudflare WARP

Cloudflare Zero Trust

Cloudflare Zero Trust has a free tier for up to 50 users that allows you to securely connect all your organization's endpoints to the same secure network, even if they are all over the world. It can ensure your computers' network traffic is secure and allows users to access your network and applications quickly. You can even build application tunnels (reverse proxy), eliminating the need for open ports on your network firewall. If you've got a website or other app you host, it can become much more secure, even on the free tier of Cloudflare Zero Trust.

pageCloudflare Zero Trust Setup

Nord VPN

Nord VPN is a VPN software that provides advanced options and is known for privacy. They offer a free tier of services to nonprofits.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Blumira is a SIEM tool you can set up and use for free to collect and analyze security data from your Microsoft 365 environment. The platform automatically detects security risks by looking at the fine details and activity within your Microsoft 365 environment. You can configure email alerts and see your security posture in an easy-to-maneuver cloud-hosted portal.

Multi-factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA/2FA) should be enforced in as many systems as possible. Forcing users to use this ensures attackers can't log in using only a stolen password. For many years, this has continued to be the most critical security recommendation any IT provider makes, and for a good reason. For example, 99.9% of compromised accounts in the Microsoft realm did not use multi-factor authentication. The need for this cannot be overstated.

DNS Security

DNS Email security is an essential part of email services that are often neglected by smaller nonprofits. SPF, DMARC, and DKIM work together to provide secure and reputable email delivery for a domain. All three enable helps your brand reputation and ensure other people get your emails. Feel free to reach out to us to get help setting these up. SPF and DKIM technologies can be easily configured for Google and Microsoft email services, and we recommend Cloudflare for free DMARC services.

pageEmail Sender Validation Using DNS (SPF, DKIM, & DMARC)

DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is crucial as it enhances the security of the internet's domain name system. By digitally signing DNS data, it safeguards against DNS hijacking and ensures that users are directed to legitimate websites. This boosts online trust, safeguards data integrity, and reduces the risk of cyberattacks. If you purchased your domain through Cloudflare, you can easily enable it using this guide.

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