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The call usually goes something like this: You’re about to go out the door to lunch, and you get a call on your cell phone from a number you don’t recognize.

“We’ve had a spear phish attack,” says the person on the line, who tells you that you’re on the emergency call list. “Somebody’s gotten access to the data warehouse. We’re not sure who and we’re not sure how much they’ve gotten.”

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.