Nonprofit Cybersecurity: Balancing Best Practices, Budget, and Team Productivity (Webinar)

Nonprofit Cybersecurity: Balancing Best Practices, Budget, and Team Productivity

Nonprofit organizations know they need to keep themselves safe from cybercriminals. But how safe is safe enough? How much should organizations budget for the latest defensive technology, and how much should they focus on staff training? How does a nonprofit leader balance cybersecurity and convenience for users? 

Join us at 1pm Eastern on Wednesday, May 26th to have your questions answered.

In this webinar co-presented with Community IT Innovators, we answer your questions on ways to build a cybersecurity budget into your technology roadmap and create a sound process for managing risks and managing staff training, before you consider the specific cybersecurity technologies available to meet your organizational needs. 

Join Build Consulting’s change management expert Peter Mirus and Community IT’s cybersecurity guru Matt Eshleman and CEO Johan Hammerstrom for an in-depth discussion of the competing demands on nonprofit cybersecurity practices – quantifying risks, setting a budget, and guarding productivity.

As with all our webinars, this presentation is appropriate for an audience of varied IT experience. Build and Community IT are scrupulously vendor-agnostic, so this conversation will feature a realistic look at the cybersecurity tools available – many of them surprisingly affordable, or focused on training and onboarding changes you can make immediately.

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Build Consulting believes that cybersecurity presents clear risks to nonprofits, and that most nonprofits are not as prepared to face cybersecurity risks as they should be. In our experience working with hundreds of nonprofit organizations across well over a thousand projects, we’ve learned there is one important thing nonprofits don’t take into consideration that really comes into play when considering cybersecurity: the technology shouldn’t come first, it should be considered last. 

If you want a successful technology-supported change at your organization, the change must start with your people and processes, not with cybersecurity technology! 


Peter Mirus co-founded Build Consulting in 2015, following over 15 years of nonprofit consulting experience in the areas of technology, branding, marketing, and development. Peter’s work for Build clients has a broad focus spanning many operational areas, including fundraising, program monitoring and evaluation, accounting, and impact reporting/analysis.

Peter has worked as a brand, marketing, and technology strategist for a variety of types of organizations, including a wide range of non-profits, as well as for-profit organizations mainly concentrated in the technology and architecture, engineering, and construction spaces. He has a passion for creative, complex problem-solving and helping individuals and organizations grow. More »

Matt Eshleman is the Chief Technology Officer at Community IT. With a deep background in network infrastructure he fundamentally understands how technology works and interoperates both in the office and in the cloud. Matt holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at Eastern Mennonite University and an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.

Matt is a frequent speaker at NTEN events and has presented at the Inside NGO conference, Non-Profit Risk Management Summit and Credit Builders Alliance Symposium. He is also the session designer and trainer for TechSoup’s Digital Security course, and a nonprofit cybersecurity expert.

image of Johan HammerstromCommunity IT Innovators CEO Johan Hammerstrom has always been interested in using technology as a force for good that can improve our world.

He pursued a career in Information Technology, with the express goal of improving our communities and our world.  He started at Community IT in 1999 as a Network Administrator.  Since that time, Johan has been a Network Engineer, a Team Lead, the Director of Services, Vice President of Services, Chief Operating Officer, and beginning July 2015 President and now CEO. Working directly with over 200 nonprofit organizations, to help them plan around and use technology to accomplish their missions, has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of his life.

Johan has a long experience in the nonprofit technology community and always looks forward to sharing tech tips for staff and leadership at your nonprofit.