By Drew Fox Jordan • October 13, 2020

    What is Human Layer Security for Nonprofits?

    Data security is top of everyone’s mind in the nonprofit sector. Rampant donor data breaches and a 67% increase in data breaches in the last five years means that all data-driven nonprofits face more security threats than ever before.

    Organizations are spending more than ever to deal with the consequences of attacks. However, this spending is traditionally spent to secure networks and devices. More sophisticated schemes and attacks are targeting the development professionals who interact with sensitive donor and business data every day.

    Human layer security uses artificial intelligence (AI) and the most advanced technologies to address data vulnerabilities that often arise as people interact with data.

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    Does human layer security exist to discredit well-intentioned employees? Far from it. Even the best people make mistakes, can operate outside of data policies without knowing, and we can all be hacked. Gravyty Guard’s human layer security for nonprofits exists so development professionals do their jobs efficiently, while limiting data security risks.

    What Does Human Layer Security Look Like?

    More than 56% of development professionals admit sending an email to the wrong person because of auto-suggest or a typo. How many times have you made this mistake? That’s precisely the type of vulnerabilities human layer security can address. But there are more threats to consider.

    Inbound threats consist of phishing, spear phishing, and other targeted attacks that make ransomware and trojan malware schemes possible.

    Outbound threats happen all the time when well-intentioned and blissfully unaware employees create data security flaws by storing data in places it is not authorized to be. Have you ever emailed a word document to your personal email? That’s an outbound threat. If an employee is malicious, they may use outbound techniques to sell or expose data outside of your organization.

    Anomalous Behavior is a fancy term used to say, “Something is out of the ordinary here.” Whether that’s noticing an employee who is about to email a spreadsheet with sensitive donor data or strange activity on an email account, human layer security helps to catch these scenarios before they turn into breaches.

    What Can Nonprofits Do About Human Layer Security?

    Gravyty has spent years using AI to understand the human behaviors of development professionals. Through AI and other advanced technologies, Gravyty Guard prevents against human layer security threats without getting in the way of people getting their jobs done.

    The top thing you can do to understand human layer security threats and evaluate how your organization stacks up is to take a data security health assessment.

    Is your donor data protected? Take our FREE 15-minute assessment and receive your own Data Security Health Score and find out if your organization is secure.

    Gravyty Guard Data Security Health Score


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