Free Livestream on Oct. 20: Cybersecurity Planning for Nonprofit Leaders

September 21, 2015

On the morning of October 20, 2015,in collaboration with Better Business Bureau® organizations across the U.S. and Canada, the Metro New York BBB Foundation and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance will present “Cybersecurity Planning for Nonprofit Leaders.  Generously sponsored by American Express, the in-person workshop in Manhattan will be livestreamed to an international audience. This program is designed especially for nonprofit executives, board members and nonprofit advisors.

In a recent study, approximately 81% of nonprofit leaders cited cybersecurity as one of their organization’s top 10 concerns (2015 Not-For-Profit Governance Survey, CohnReznick).

“Nonprofits have limited resources and may be especially vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks,” said H. Art Taylor, President & CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance.  “They are being targeted more often now. So it’s important for leaders to develop a good game plan before bad things happen.”

“Fortunately, organizations of all sizes can take steps that will minimize cyber risk factors,” noted Claire Rosenzweig, President & CEO of the BBB Serving Metropolitan New York.  “Nonprofits can be seriously hurt by cybersecurity problems – that’s why managers need to plan in advance how they will handle a potential data breach.”

Program panelists will include Bill Fanelli, CISSP, Chief Security Officer, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Panel Moderator; Andre Bromes, CEHv8, CISSP, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey; Westley P. McDuffie, Security Evangelist, IBM Corporation; and George Schultzel, Special Agent, New York Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force.


There is no cost to register for the livestreamed event online.  Thecost is $15 per person to attend the program in-person, which includes breakfast refreshments, Q&A with panelists, and networking.  Advance registration is required for both the in-person workshop and the livestreamed online event.



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About the Education and Research Foundation of the BBB of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

Metro New York’s BBB Foundation provides educational programs and services for charities, consumers, and businesses; encourages informed consumer support of charities; promotes charity transparency and accountability; conducts research; and provides educational intern opportunities to students who are potential charity and business leaders.  It develops BBB Charity Reports on over 800 Metro New York area charities, based on the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, and publishes them online at ny.give.organd

ABOUT BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE: BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of nationally-soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, results reporting, finances, fundraising, appeal accuracy and other issues. National charity reports are produced by the BBB WGA and local charity reports are produced by local Better Business Bureaus – all reports are available at

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