A View of Online Security from Click & Pledge

Kami Razvan, founder and CEO of VT KnowledgeWorks member company Click & Pledge, a provider of online fundraising for non-profits, was quoted in The NonProfit Times:  States Push To Encrypt Personal Data:  Donor and client information require secure transmission.

Here's an excerpt:

And securing personal data should not begin and end with data encryption, according to Kami Razvan, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of Click & Pledge in Blacksburg, Va. "Security is by design — security is not an action," said Razvan. "The highway system is not the problem — it's the driver. The highway system by itself does not cause accidents."

He explained that maintaining donor information should be a part of a comprehensive security plan. Organizations that spread information through Internet platforms, like email, or list credit card numbers on insecure Microsoft programs, like Excel or Word, need an overhaul. "Let's say that this nonprofit organization receives this Excel spreadsheet and encrypts it — are the donors any safer than if that data wasn't encrypted? It's already compromised — you are only as secure as your weakest link," said Razvan.

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