Information Security Assessment

Put the basic safeguards in place to protect yourself and your clients from cybercrime.

Techcafeteria’s approach to security assessments is based on the NIST 800-171 and 800-53 frameworks, supplemented by additional questions based on our knowledge of best security practices for nonprofits. The combined framework is broken into the 16 sections, listed below. Each section contains from 2 to 25 controls, which are automated or human-initiated processes that could potentially be compromised. Altogether, the framework provides a comprehensive list of areas of risk.

For the assessment, Techcafeteria will interview key staff with knowledge of the operations in the 16 areas. Those staff usually include IT, Finance, HR, Legal, and Communications staff, although, depending on your organization’s configuration, others might be involved. The NIST 800-171 language is highly technical, so Techcafeteria uses a custom questionnaire that reformats the NIST language into more easily understood questions.

The assessment report will identify where your organization is in compliance with the framework and where there are gaps. The report will include detailed recommendations with budget and resource estimates. Rounding out the report is a remediation plan with prioritized items to be addressed and high-level guidance on how they might be resolved. In addition to the detailed written report, Techcafeteria will provide a summary deck of slides to share with staff.

The NIST guidelines were developed with Federal agencies in mind. Techcafeteria understands that nonprofits are resourced very differently from such agencies. Our remediation guidance factors in the realities of a nonprofit budget and staffing, weighs that against the risks, and offers achievable remediation options that can be accomplished within your budget and available resources.

Security Policy Development

The most secure nonprofits are the ones that value the information security of their clients and incorporate secure practices into their daily routines. That starts with adopting strong policies. Techcafeteria can guide you on developing the standard set of security policies that every organization should have in place.

Further Reading

Common Sense Security

Standard Security Policies

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Techcafeteria’s mission is to help nonprofits use technology to advance their work. We tailor our advice to fit  the mission, strategy, culture, and available resources of our clients.

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