Overview

ARX For Non-Profits

In the USA, 19% of non-profits surveyed had experienced a cyber-intrusion over the last 12 months, according to a Cyber Security Breaches Survey in 2018, conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). While that percentage is still low, what was more alarming was the fact that only 21% had a formal cyber security policy in place.

Non-profit organisations are considered ‘soft’ targets for breaches. Surveys across the industry show that most of the employees and volunteers are unaware of the cyber best practices and most NGOs do not have capacity to engaged trained IT staff to monitor their requirements.

Even if they aren’t profitable, NGOs use a multitude of transaction methods to garner donations – credit cards, cash, store personally identifiable information (PII) and, in some cases, they even house intellectual property. Many NGOs also work on sensitive issues – like human rights, politics, environment etc. thereby making them targets of various vested bodies from a local and global perspective. Inadequate defenses and a target-rich environment make NGOs an enticing victim to maliciously motivated cyber threats.

 

Threats

Challenges Galore

Most non-profits receive and process donations, which mean they store a lot of financial and personal data in their network systems. This makes them vulnerable to cyber attacks. Unfortunately, many of these organisations are unaware of the value of the data that they possess. More often than not, many of these organisations do not have a cyber security policy in place making them an target. Some challenges that this sector faces are:

Too many players

In non-profit organisations, multiple stakeholders are involved and hence a lot of network systems are used – official as well as personal. This gives hackers access into the network system of the organisation and makes it easy to steal data.

Third-party vulnerabilities

In this sector, third party vendors also play a major role. If an organisation’s cloud service provider, who manages their data and systems, suffers a breach or mishap, the organisation’s critical information gets exposed.

Unawareness

Organisations in this sector are service-oriented and are transparent. They think that there isn’t any valuable data that cyber criminals could steal from them and hence feel that they cannot become victims of cybercrime. They think that the other sectors and not they are at risk.

Lack of knowledge

According to NTEN’s ‘State of Non-profit Cybersecurity Report 2018’, 68.2% of respondents did not have documented policies and procedures for when they are attacked. They are so busy running the organisation that most of them don’t have the time to learn about cybercrime industry trends.

 

 

Solutions

The ARX Advantage

Single sign-on

59.8% of the organisations do not use a secure password management tool for storing and sharing user IDs and passwords according to the NTEN’s ‘State of Non-profit Cybersecurity Report 2018′.

 

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Single sign-on

59.8% of the organisations do not use a secure password management tool for storing and sharing user IDs and passwords according to the NTEN’s ‘State of Non-profit Cybersecurity Report 2018’. There are multiple users in an organisation and most of them use their personal gadgets like mobiles and laptops as well. That gives way to multiple passwords to access different sites.

There is an easy solution to this – using the same user id and password across all systems that you are going to use. With the Single Sign-On (SSO), instead of a password for every application, users have one password to remember. With that single sign-on, they can get access to all their applications. SSO assures that the users have a strong password. Also, it eliminates the need of a middleman to reset passwords time and again.

SSO makes IT’s life easier and the organisation more secure.

With SSO:

  • We provide efficient, cost-effective and nimble identity infrastructure for IT at the organisation
  • Help users increase their productivity as they can seamlessly connect to multiple IT resources using the same credentials
  • Mitigate risk of having lost, weak and shared passwords, by restricting access to services via various intelligent integrations like OAuth, SAML, and RSA

 

Enforce Strong Authentication

Usually, the only proof that we are asked online to prove who we are is the username and the password.

 

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Enforce Strong Authentication

Usually, the only proof that we are asked online to prove who we are is the username and the password. Since usernames are typically known (i.e. not a secret), the password become the single-most important factor to authenticate the identity. In today’s cyber security environment, this is not enough.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) holds the key to this problem. It creates multiple layers of security, resulting in efficient and diligent authentication. This ensures that the user requesting access is actually who they claim to be. With MFA, a cybercriminal may steal one credential, but will be thwarted by having to verify identity in a different manner. MFA is an effective way to provide enhanced security for all your IT resources including cloud, on-premise and mobile.

  • We help enable ‘MFA Everywhere’ on-premise with our strong integration support
  • Starting from simple question-answers to fingerprint authentication and random pin generation device, any of these can be deployed for the MFA needs. All these can be configured using easy steps

 

User Management

A Code42’s 2019 Data Exposure Report highlights the threats posed by insiders, based on a survey of 1,028 information security leaders as well as 615 business decision-makers.

 

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User Management

A Code42’s 2019 Data Exposure Report highlights the threats posed by insiders, based on a survey of 1,028 information security leaders as well as 615 business decision-makers. The survey stated that among the 38% of companies that said they were hit by a data breach over the past 18 months, half of them pointed to employee actions as the cause. Also, about 77% said that the most significant risk to an organisation is employees who do not follow data security protocols.

So, leveraging an automated user management streamlines role-based access control. Limited access mitigates the risk of insider threats. It also ensures a seamless user experience. Along with security suite features like authentication, access controls, privileges, entitlements, single sign-on & security policies and activity auditing across organisation, they can also create an error-free workflows as well.

With a better User Management,

  • Bulk onboarding with exact required privileges can be performed easily
  • Deboarding at ease without any worries
  • With maker-checker workflow, one can be absolutely sure who is going to do what

 

Visibility, Detection and Response

The financial costs of managing a data breach in this sector has been pitched at an average of $221 per lost record, and $7 million average total cost.

 

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Visibility, Detection and Response

The financial costs of managing a data breach in this sector has been pitched at an average of $221 per lost record, and $7 million average total cost. These costs may include legal guidance, breach notification, forensics, credit monitoring and other crisis services. Besides this, loss of reputation and trust becomes irreparable. So, it becomes impertinent for organisations to build a robust security network. They should prepare, detect and analyse, contain and eradicate the risks and the breaches.

ARX is just what these organisations need. With lifecycle managed users, Access Controls and Authorisation Access can be easily managed and mapped. Along with a maker-checker workflow, the educational institution will also have visibility on how that is done and by whom. With a clear visibility and detection mechanism in place, they can also respond to any threat, which otherwise could leave them exposed.

  • One-stop shop for single login for users and one unified identity infrastructure for IT
  • Integration with existing security tools
  • Maker-checker workflow helps identify unusual and suspicious behaviours
  • ARX API services can be used to enrich and extend the cyber security ecosystem; this is supported by helping to generate extensive reports for a deep dive into what is happening
  • Can be easily integrated with the existing application with ARX using REST APIs for:
    • Primary Authentication
    • Multi-Factor Authentication
    • User Management
    • Password Management
    • Validate and Get Entitlement
  • Role-based access control –granular application-level access controls using entitlement policies that can be assigned to roles
  • Users get access to resources based on their role. Access rights are grouped by role name,
    and access to resources is restricted to users who have been authorised to assume the
    associated role

 

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While cyber hackers think that NGOs can be an easy target, a powerful network security system can help the latter, who possess information of value, be at the same level of security as other industries.

 

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