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2023 State of Humanitarian and Development Cybersecurity Report

Making progress, but more investment needed.

As nonprofits find themselves increasingly at risk of cyber-attacks, NetHope is gathering data to track the health of our nonprofit Members when it comes to cybersecurity. This information can be used identify common shortfalls and catalyze collective action.

The data is gathered through NetHope’s ‘State of Cybersecurity in Members’ survey: an annual survey polling NetHope Members on various aspects of their cybersecurity risk management, ability to consume support, and maturity. In 2022, 36 of NetHope’s Members responded to this exercise – representing a little over half of our 60+ Members, who collectively make up around 60% of all non-governmental aid spend and serve about 1.7 billion people in 215 countries globally.

This is the second year NetHope has run this exercise. The data is intended to inform Member decision-making, sectoral advocacy, and NetHope’s own program work – most notably our Digital Protection Program, a flagship initiative aiming to fill key capacity gaps and execute broader system change to make NGOs safer and more digitally resilient.

Complete the form below to access a download link to the 2023 State of Humanitarian and Development Cybersecurity Report.

WATCH THE RECORDING ➡️ of our Strategic Conversations Series: The State of Humanitarian and Development Cybersecurity. This event explored data from the report, key themes and takeaways for INGO leaders, digital teams and stakeholders in the donor and policy ecosystem. Moderated by NetHope’s Chief Information Security Officer, James Eaton-Lee and an expert panel that included Curtis Dukes, is a Board Member, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Senior Government Leader, Center for Internet Security.  Joe Marshall, Sr. Strategist ICS/Threat Research, Cisco Talos Intelligence Group.  Joel Urbanowicz, Senior Director, Digital Workplace Services, Catholic Relief Services. They shared their reflections on cybersecurity challenges and discussed steps needed to address the growing challenge facing digital humanitarian and development actors.

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