CYBER SECURITY for NFPs & Organizations Serving Vulnerable Populace

Unfortunately recent news has been seasoned with too many instances of data breaches in organizations responsible for sensitive information leading to serious consequences. NetSquared Victoria chapter would like to help our local superheroes avoid this kind of situation by hosting a meetup night dedicated to Technological / Cyber Security and the Not For Profit.
Thankfully, our wonderful hosts at The Dock have welcomed us back to their amazing co-working and event space with a vision for a connected and impactful social change sector in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.

You and your organization contribute some meaningful efforts to this community. You probably support underserved, underprivileged or vulnerable populace. You likely already have a lot of balls to juggle just to deliver your programs without the increasing security complications that come with interacting with the web and online platforms.
You also probably didn’t major in computer sciences and your approach thus far may have been to “leave these issues to the tech guy or the people in charge of policy and procedure” (if your organization can even afford an official tech guy…). That’s understandable, your head is down trying to save your small corner of the world one onerous administrative task at a time… unfortunately, that doesn’t prevent your tech interactions from being vulnerable to external parties’ less-than-benevolent intentions for you and your clients precious, private information.

It’s a good thing there are brilliant humans who know how to tackle this complicated subject before it becomes a serious “UH OH” situation. Luckily our lead panellist and Women Of Technology (WOSEC) MeetUp lead organizer, Tanya Janca, is one of them! Tanya has decades of computer programing experience and specializes in cybersecurity. You can follow her on twitter @shehackspurple. Also joining us will be Kimberly Dray and Kyle Loree have graciously made themselves available to help us help you feel more secure about you and your organization’s system’s security.

Join us Wednesday, March 4th around 5:30 pm to network and submit questions on this subject so our WOSEC panellists can get a feel for your situations before officially enlightening the gathering starting at 6 pm.

Suggested donation: $5.
RSVP welcome


5:30-5:55 Doors open, juice and snacks. Submit security-related questions for panellists.
5:55-6 NetSquared welcome and program updates
6-6:05 NetSquared Victoria Needs Parade*
6:05-7:30: Women of Security Panellists discuss issues of cybersecurity and answer NetSquared Meetup questions
Optional 7:30 Onward: Carry on the conversation – Drinks at the Sherwood (one block from venue).

*The Needs Parade is a chance to share an ask or an offer with the NetSquared Community. During the Parade participants have 30 seconds to share either a request (“my event is looking for a photographer!”) or an offer (“my organization offers free tech reviews to non-profits”).

If you relate to any of the questions below you are in good company and we hope to support your journey in becoming more security-savvy for personal and professional purposes.

Do you feel (a lot) overwhelmed by issues surrounding digital / data security?
Do you wish you understood at least the basic concepts of how to approach your cyber systems and workflows to protect your organization and the vulnerable populace it serves from infiltration?
Do you know how to recognize a good cybersecurity consultant from a waste-of-resources when you are in over your head?
Do you know how to recognize what you should be concerned about?
Do you know how an organization can preventatively move toward best security practices when the current systems are pretty old-school and the board, staff or Executive Director doesn’t emphasize it’s importance? Do you know it is possible to approach great cybersecurity practices while not hampering workflow and adding more layers of complicated to your efforts?