Aspis is proud to announce our 501(c)3 pro bono cybersecurity assessment service for nonprofits across the United States. Starting in 2020 this program has helped nonprofits improve their cybersecurity posture and lower their risk by offering a free in-depth vulnerability assessment. One of Aspis’ core values is community. Part of Aspis’ dedication to our community is giving back to organizations that contribute so much by supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. A big initiative within our company is to provide voluntary cybersecurity services to those nonprofits who spend so much time helping these members of our community. We are proud to grow our nonprofit cybersecurity contributions into 2022 and have set a goal to help twelve 501(c)3 nonprofits lower their risk of being compromised. To find out more about the program, why it exists, and how your favorite nonprofit can participate, keep reading below.
What is the Aspis nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program?
Our nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program offers a completely free service to 501(c)3 nonprofits across the United States. This program offers the nonprofits cybersecurity professional services that include a cybersecurity posture assessment including an endpoint configuration scan and external network scan; a review of operations, policies, and procedures; cybersecurity best practice policies tailored to the organization; a custom assessment report; and a list of recommended changes. These services and documents can help a nonprofit drastically lower the chances of compromise from potential cyber threats and additionally can help nonprofits focus on helping others.
This program was designed to provide just what a nonprofit needs to understand the risks to the organization from cyber threats. To do this Aspis uses an automated cloud-based tool to conduct cybersecurity assessments on customer networks.
Our assessments provide several benefits. First, the assessment can help nonprofits have a better general understanding of where they stand in terms of cyber protection. This can help them make more informed decisions when it comes to where they could be lacking.
The assessment also provides assurance that the nonprofit is remaining compliant with any cybersecurity requirements that could apply to them such as laws, regulations, contract requirements, or insurance policies. At the end of the process, staff from Aspis will deliver a series of reports to the nonprofit that discuss the findings of the assessment. Lastly, an executive meeting will be held where our team of experts will break down the findings. This process takes about a month to complete and can help the nonprofit drastically reduce the risk of being compromised.
Why the Aspis nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program matters?
Unfortunately, one of the easiest organizations for hackers to target are nonprofits. According to a study conducted by CommunityIT Innovators, an IT managed service provider in Washington, DC, over 80% of nonprofits lack a cybersecurity policy. Additionally, over 70% of nonprofits have not conducted one vulnerability assessment, and almost 60% of nonprofits do not provide cybersecurity training to their staff on a regular basis. Our nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program can help change those statistics. Normally this service would cost thousands of dollars so offering it complimentary enables those organizations who may not be able to afford it to get the protection they need.
Nonprofits are required to undergo periodic audits. More and more frequently auditors are scrutinizing information technology practices including cybersecurity during the annual audit. Our nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program can help identify cybersecurity issues before the auditors do and help management address them. If the auditors have already identified cybersecurity issues, our program can help nonprofits address and close those audit recommendations.
It is important to donors and grantors that nonprofits are good fiscal stewards. Our nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program helps to stretch the administrative budget and unrestricted funds by providing an in-kind service. Additionally, donors and grantors will be excited to hear that management has proactively taken steps to reduce cyber risk to the organization.
How does the Aspis nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program work?
Aspis uses an automated cloud-based tool to conduct cybersecurity assessments on customer networks. These assessments can do a couple of different things. Initially, they can help companies to have a better general understanding of where they stand in terms of cyber protection. This can help them make more informed decisions when it comes to where they could be lacking. This assessment also ensures that the nonprofit is remaining compliant with any laws, regulations, or requirements that could apply to them. This could be anything from HIPAA and other privacy requirements, to grant and cyber liability insurance policy requirements. Additionally, at the end of the process, staff from Aspis will deliver a series of reports to the nonprofit that discuss the findings of the assessment.
Do you know a nonprofit that could use our nonprofit cybersecurity service? Make sure to send them our way!
Who should apply for the Aspis nonprofit cybersecurity assessment program?
To be considered for this pro bono service we ask the organization to have these qualities:
- Registered 501(c)3 not for profit corporation in the United States.
- Physical office location in the United States.
- Between 10-100 W-2 employees.
- Cooperative internal or outsourced IT support who will be required to support the effort.
- Approximately 8 hours of management time available for interviews, meetings, and follow-ups.
This year we are looking for 12 nonprofits that fit these criteria. We invite all those that meet our qualification criteria to apply. Please fill out our form for more details. Applicants should hear back within a few days regarding the application and next steps.
Who is Aspis?
Aspis is a cybersecurity consulting firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with branches in Duluth, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. Our team offers a full suite of services including compliance assessments, dark web monitoring, information security awareness training, and professional consulting services including staffing resources, project management, and management consulting for both commercial and government clients. We offer these services to both commercial and government clients. Furthermore, With decades of experience and a team of cybersecurity experts, Aspis is here to help with any cyber problem big or small.
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