Why your NGO needs in-house data security expertise

Data security breaches can have vast consequences in aid work. NGOs need to know they can manage the risks on their own, rather than relying solely on external service providers, experts tell Devex. Photo by: WOCinTech Chat / CC BY

CANBERRA — The fallout of the Facebook scandal has served as a timely reminder for development organizations to take a closer look at their own awareness and understanding of data privacy and security.

To facilitate smarter, faster, and larger-scale impact of development and humanitarian services, NGOs are being encouraged by donors to transition quickly to a data world — and to do so safely and securely.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.