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Okta for Good Launches New Grant Portfolio to Improve Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

Okta for Good Launches New Grant Portfolio to Improve Cybersecurity for Nonprofits
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Okta for Good Launches New Grant Portfolio to Improve Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

SAN FRANCISCO–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent identity provider, today announced the launch of a nonprofit cybersecurity portfolio and $1,020,000 in grants to support better security across the social sector. Building on Okta’s three-year commitment to invest $10 million from the Okta for Good Fund, a donor-advised fund housed at the Tides Foundation, this grant comes at a time when nonprofit organizations are facing increased of cyber attacks, putting millions of already vulnerable people at risk. even higher risk.

More than 50% of nonprofits report being targeted by cyberattacksHowever, most do not have the resources to maintain adequate cybersecurity plans. Nonprofit organizations are integral to doing the most important work in society by coming together for the common good. Your data and the people they serve must be protected. Okta’s Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio, part of the Okta Nonprofit Technology Initiative, is the company’s first step in supporting better security for nonprofits through of six grants that provide resources for projects ranging from training to incident response support.

Nonprofit Cyber ​​Security Portfolio Projects and Recipients

The funds will be distributed among six different organizations and projects, selected in partnership with third-party nonprofit security experts and Okta Security leadership, including David Bradbury, CSO, Okta and Jameeka Green Aaron, CISO, Auth0, a Product Unit of Okta. The selected beneficiaries are:

  • Cyber ​​Peace Institute: The institute will use its $150,000 grant to expand CyberPeace Builders, connecting corporate cyber volunteers with nonprofit organizations in need of cybersecurity training.
  • NetHope: With $375,000 from Okta over two years, the organization will establish a “Dial-a-CISO” program and provide coordinated incident response for NetHope members. Additionally, to further its commitment to nonprofit cybersecurity, NetHope will use the grant to establish a global Humanitarian Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) service to support nonprofit organizations involved in humanitarian aid and engage the private sector in further supporting its cybersecurity efforts, in collaboration with Okta and the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”).
  • Norwegian Refugee Council: The organization will leverage $290,000 over two years to create policies and training materials for safe handling of data in humanitarian response that will be scaled through a network of global nonprofits.
  • just safe: An $80,000 grant will support privacy and design consulting for nonprofit technology startups that are creating digital services for vulnerable populations.
  • TechSoup Civil Society Strengthening Fund: Okta for Good is proud to be the founding partner of this new program, administered by TechSoup, to help civil society organizations in and around Ukraine strengthen their cybersecurity posture, with plans to expand globally in the future. In addition to its own $100,000 grant, Okta is working to recruit its tech peers to contribute to this program, with Zscaler contributing $20,000 and Zendesk $50,000 to date.
  • UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC): A $25,000 planning grant will explore areas for possible future collaboration, such as cybersecurity training for graduate students and original research on cybersecurity topics of public interest.

“Our work at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is focused on helping people forced to flee with access to their most basic and necessary needs. The last thing the people we support should worry about is whether their personal data is secure,” said Pietro Galli, CIO, NRC. “We are grateful for Okta’s support in helping nonprofits improve their security. cyber, which is a critical area, but underfunded. .”

Okta’s nonprofit technology initiative launched in 2020 with the goal of contributing to a paradigm shift in the way nonprofits finance themselves and enable them to digitally transition. It focuses on three key areas, including accelerating nonprofits’ journey to the cloud, supporting digital transformation to enable nonprofits to reach their stakeholders digitally at scale, and protecting nonprofit organizations and their critical data. The Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio is Okta’s first grant program focused on this third priority and brings the company’s total commitments through the Nonprofit Technology Initiative to nearly $6.5 million .

“I deeply believe that what we do at Okta is not just about technology, it is about people. There is nothing more important than the people we support and help protect, which is why I am passionate about advocating for nonprofits and their missions and helping them protect the identities of their people,” said Jameeka Green Aaron, CISO , Auth0, a unit of product. of Okta. “I was excited to be a part of this Okta for Good effort to identify areas of need and expand our work to protect nonprofits and their critical data.”

For more information on the Nonprofit Technology Initiative, visit https://www.okta.com/okta-for-good/nonprofit-technology-initiative/.

About Okta

Okta is the leading independent identity provider. Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people with the right technologies at the right time. With over 7,000 pre-built integrations for applications and infrastructure providers, Okta provides simple and secure access to people and organizations everywhere, giving them the confidence to reach their full potential. More than 15,800 organizations, including JetBlue, Nordstrom, Slack, Takeda, Teach for America, and Twilio, trust Okta to help protect the identities of their employees and customers.

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