Okta for Good Launches New Grant Portfolio to Improve Cybersecurity for Nonprofits
New Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio commits $1M+ as part of Okta’s 3-year Nonprofit Technology Initiative
More than 50% of nonprofits report being targeted by cyberattacks, yet most do not have the resources to maintain adequate cybersecurity plans. Nonprofits are integral in doing society’s most important work in coming together for common good. Their data and the people they serve must be protected. Okta’s Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio, which is part of Okta’s Nonprofit Technology Initiative, is the company’s first step in supporting better security for nonprofits through six grants that provide resourcing for projects ranging from training to incident response support.
Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio Grantees and Projects
The funds will be distributed between six different organizations and projects, selected in partnership with external nonprofit security experts and Okta Security leadership including
CyberPeace Institute: The institute will use its $150,000grant to expand CyberPeace Builders, connecting corporate cyber volunteers with nonprofits in need of cybersecurity training.
NetHope: With $375,000from Okta over two years, the organization will establish a “Dial-a-CISO” program and provide coordinated incident response for NetHopemembers. In addition, to further its commitment to the cybersecurity of nonprofit organizations, NetHopewill be using the grant to establish a global humanitarian Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) service to support nonprofits involved in Humanitarian Relief and engage the private sector in greater support of their cybersecurity efforts, in collaboration with Okta and the United States Agency for International Development(“USAID”).
Refugee Council: The organization will leverage $290,000over two years to create policies and training materials for the safe handling of data in humanitarian response to be scaled across a network of global nonprofits.
Simply Secure: A grant of
$80,000will support privacy and design consulting for nonprofit technology startups that are building digital services for vulnerable populations.
TechSoup Civil Society Strengthening Fund: Okta for Good is proud to be the founding partner of this new program, administered by TechSoup, to help civil society organizations in and around Ukrainestrengthen their cybersecurity posture, with plans to expand globally in the future. In addition to its own grant of $100,000, Okta is working to recruit its tech peers to contribute to this program and to date, Zscaler has contributed $20,000and Zendesk $50,000.
UC Berkeley Center for Long-term Cybersecurity(CLTC): A $25,000planning grant will explore areas for potential future collaboration such as cybersecurity training for graduate students and original research on public interest cybersecurity issues.
“Our work at the
Okta’s Nonprofit Technology Initiative launched in 2020 with the goal of contributing to a paradigm shift in how nonprofits are funded and enabled to make the digital transition. It focuses on three key areas including accelerating nonprofits’ move to the cloud, supporting digital transformation to enable nonprofits to reach their stakeholders digitally at scale, and securing nonprofits and their critical data. The Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio is Okta’s first grant program focused on this third priority and brings the company’s total commitments through the Nonprofit Technology Initiative to nearly
“I believe deeply that what we do at Okta isn’t just about technology—it’s about people. There’s nothing more important than the people we support and help to protect, which is why I am passionate about advocating for nonprofits and their missions and helping them protect the identities of their people,” said
To learn more about the Nonprofit Technology Initiative, visit https://www.okta.com/okta-for-good/nonprofit-technology-initiative/.
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