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Host an Online Security Event
Every October is National Cyber-Security Awareness Month. But this is topic appropriate to anytime.
This page collects two approaches you can use to host a presentation on online security for nonprofits.
- Audience size: 5 – 50
- Venue: Office/meeting space, restaurant events room
- Equipment: Laptop and projector. Internet access a bonus.
- Timeframe: 60 – 90 minutes
This event can be delivered in several styles. Pick whichever works best for your local group.
1. View Video and Group Discussion
Play the recorded webinar Nonprofit Security Best Practices: Are They Out to Get You? (start at 8:06)
After the video have the group share best practices in an open discussion.
- Timeframe: 90 minutes
- Audience: 5-50
- Equipment: Projector, speakers, laptop, internet connection
After watching the video have the group talk about their current security practices and next steps. Possible questions include:
- Can you name your most valuable data and what are you doing to secure it?
- What is the biggest impediment to you being able to implement your security policy (likely a combo of human and tech. ie. contextualize the problem as one that’s not just strictly tech)
- If you have or about to move to the cloud, are your security concerns a factor in your decision?
TIP: If you have a big group split them into groups of three to six people.
2. Presentation from a Local Expert
Recruit a local volunteer who have share online security best practices with your members.
- Timeframe: 90 minutes (60 minute presentation and 30 minute Q&A)
- Audience: 10 – 50 (limited by the format your choose and your venue size)
- Equipment: Projector, laptop
Recruiting Your Expert
Your community is full of online security experts who can present on a variety of topics. If you’re looking to recruit an expert presenter try the following people:
- Your members
- Previous presenters at your group
- Your colleagues and co-organizers
- The leader of a local security meetup
Q: Is there a curriculum?
A: Nope. Any event you can dream up that focuses on the broad themes of online privacy or security is a fit.
Three resources that can help are the:
- 12 Tips to Stay Safer Online guide (also available in French and Spanish)
- Disaster Planning and Recovery for Nonprofits, Charities, and Libraries
- The National Cyber Security Alliance resources
Q: What other training resources are out there?
A: Lots. Check these these:
- Reset The Net Privacy Pack
- Tech Tools for Activism
- A Guide for Online Privacy and Anonymity: Activist Tools and Security
- An Activist’s Guide to VPN Services
- What is Tor? A beginner’s guide to the privacy tool
- The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course. Prevention, Assistance. Support for Victims.
Got other suggestions? Please add them here to the wiki!
Q: What Privacy and Security Events Have NetSquared Organizers Held?
A: If you’re looking for inspiration check out this list of privacy and security events previously organized by NetsSquared groups. Feel free to steal (or be inspired!) by their event descriptions, formats, and presenters. We also have a list of event ideas.
Q: Is there a campaign hashtag?
A: Use the hashtags #net2 and tag @techsoup
In October you can also use #NCSAM