Keep your head, and your fundraising, in the Clouds.

Jan. 11, 2017 | Gary Kirk

All sizes of organizations are leveraging the cloud to stay ahead of the competition and deliver the best customer experiences that they can. Bloomberg reports that 25 of the world’s 38 largest financial institutions are utilizing cloud services and are moving their applications in the cloud.

All organizations need to make security a priority, which often leads to the adoption of a cloud security provider instead of putting the massive security burden on their own internal IT. But, with today’s dynamic virtual environments, what should you look for when selecting a vendor?

Three cloud security must-haves include:

  • Data Security: Data is the lifeblood of your fundraising operation, security and regulatory compliance combined with financial impact and loss of business—make data security priority one. In fact, per the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), data protection is the chief concern among institutions that are shifting work to the cloud. So, before all else, fundraisers should start their process by evaluating the security measures that providers have in place, and make sure they meet or exceed requirements. Must haves include PCI Compliance from your chosen provider to ensure all your donors private information is secure.
  • Scalability: The scalability and agility offered by cloud providers make it a tough option to ignore. By embracing cloud services, information and applications can be accessed from anywhere at any time. Additionally, the cloud allows your organization to evolve without making cumbersome investments in infrastructure, security or human resources. A reliable cloud security provider will offer end-to-end security for both virtualized and physical environments.
  • Visibility and Control: The loss of donor data can present non-profits with serious ramifications and can severely harm reputation. As non-profits become more digital than ever, control over data and security is paramount. Visibility and control in the form of reporting capabilities lets organizations be proactive, rather than reactive. These reports should come in preconfigured variations with the ability to receive them on-demand is a must.

Non-profit organizations are shifting applications to the cloud, seeking the efficiencies and cost reductions this move holds. However, with cybercriminals eager to get their hands on donor data, security is paramount and organizations should choose wisely for a secure future. Looking for these three core functions will provide peace of mind that legal requirements are being met while creating a more secure data environment and the possibility for easy scaling.

Gary Kirk
Chief Technology Officer, Aegis Premier Solutions

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