With more charities working from home than ever before, new technologies are needed to keep your systems and data secure
This article is sponsored by Okta for Good - the social arm of Okta, offering industry-leading technology, and specialising in Identity and Access Management solutions.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent UK-wide lockdown, more charities are working remotely than ever before. With the situation escalating quickly over the past few weeks, charities have had to make this transition with very little notice. Many organisations have not had time to properly examine their remote security protocols.
Even with the best of intentions, there’s no doubt that your home computer, or a laptop borrowed from the office, is less secure than one running in your workplace under the watchful eye of dedicated IT staff. Many charity employees are remotely signing into systems that hold sensitive data relating to service users, beneficiaries and donors. Charities have a legal and ethical duty to secure and protect this data.
New procedures must be put in place. Many charity IT professionals will not be able to manually verify the identity of users. With large numbers of employees signing into systems remotely, many of them on devices previously never logged or registered by these systems, even charities with IT departments may find their resources too stretched to verify the identity of these devices and their users.
Employees may be accessing data in a way that is not secure; normal security procedures - such as getting transactions checked by a nearby colleague - are no longer possible, and frustrated staff who are struggling to access the applications and data that they need to get their jobs done may be tempted to use shortcuts and workarounds to problems that are convenient but insecure.
Under normal circumstances, many home working setups might be judged insecure and unfit for purpose. However, charities who wish to continue service delivery have no choice. They must find the right tools to secure their systems.
Like any modern organisation, charities require the capabilities to ensure that their people - employees, partners, contractors, and volunteers - have easy and secure access to the apps they depend on, within a well-defended IT environment. This is what the Okta Identity Cloud provides.
This free digital ebook outlines how identity and access management solutions can enable charity admins to keep track of all users, groups, and devices, grant access to the right parties at the right time, and provision individuals to the proper accounts.
Charity IT professionals will have their time and resources stretched thin over the coming weeks and months. Identity and access management solutions can help charities to safeguard their time for dealing with more pressing issues; whilst ensuring that sensitive beneficiary and supporter data is secured.