With headline news of data breaches an uncomfortably common occurrence, what responsible fundraising organization wouldn’t seek to use the best technology available to secure its information and the information of its constituents? But, what’s the best solution for you, your organization, and your stakeholders?

Many nonprofits and associations have transitioned to the most widely deployed security protocol of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This provides a secure channel between Web browsers and Web servers operating over the inherently insecure Internet.

Recently, Abila software development increased the security of Millennium with the removal of some Java, and helped customers implement their own Certificate Authorities (CA) and SSL security. You can obtain an SSL certificate from a provider, such as GoDaddy or VeriSign, and install it into your server’s Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

You will also want to be sure you understand such details as:

–              What version of Windows your server is running and what version of IIS is included

–              How that version of IIS supports an SSL certificate

–              Port usage when switching from the default of port 80 to secure port 443

Your organization’s IT personnel should be able to handle the implementation specifics with relative ease. Certificate providers generally supply installation instructions with the SSL certificate. And Abila support is always at the ready to answer questions specific to our products.

Will the Internet ever be 100 percent safe? With the technological back-and-forth between hackers trying to steal valuable information and security development constantly securing the software hosting that information, the security battle seems to be ever escalating. From the medieval pickpocket to today’s sophisticated identity thief, there will always be those ready to take advantage of the unwary and unprepared.

Periodic review of your security implementation will ensure you’re using the solutions that work best for you, your organization, and your constituents.