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Protect Your Congregation’s
Important Data

Are you confident your member data is secure?  How about your church financial information? Investment information?

Your community entrusts you with the most personal information in their households—credit card numbers, bank account information, sensitive pastoral care reports, etc. Your church likely has on hand more sensitive data than most other organizations in your community. 

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has established a framework for evaluating data security using the following categories: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

If you have not done a complete review and plan across these categories, you are just  one data breach away from exposing your financials or your member information. The ACST Data Security Evaluation can help you identify and close any holes in your data security so you can be prepared and confident. 

Find out if you are prepared for a data security breach by completing this checklist.

Answer these 8 questions to discover if your organization has identified the right priorities and strategies to keep your critical data systems protected and resilient.

  1. Has your organization developed a strategic roadmap to manage cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data, and capabilities?

  2. Is access to your critical systems protected from unauthorized access?

  3. Are the software and operating system updates/patches installed in a timely manner?

  4. Are employees trained to be aware of suspicious emails that could be malware or phishing attacks and the steps to take when encountering one?

  5. Is your data backed up?

  6. Are your systems continuously monitored for unauthorized activity, and does your staff know how to respond if an attack is detected?

  7. Does your organization have a response plan in place in the event of a cybersecurity attack, and do your employees know what steps to take?

  8. In the event of a cyber-security event, does your organization have the plan to restore services that were impacted?


* Some of the answers above exaggerate the state of some organizations' cybersecurity plans (or lack of), but the point becomes clear that this is one area where you can’t afford to hope nothing will happen.

The ACST Data Security Evaluation provides you with a comprehensive review of your system and recommendations for actions to address any potential risks. Our IT Management Consultants at Higher Ground (an ACST business) will conduct your evaluation. It will consist of:

  • A 2.5-3 hour virtual consulting session to conduct a detailed review of each NIST area: Identifying, Protecting, Detecting, Responding to, and Recovering from potential breaches. 
  • A complete audit of hardware, management controls, user processes, and response/recovery plans
  • Expert recommendations to improve the security of your ministry data and your organization’s resilience. 
  • Optional services to implement the recommendations.


Get the ACST Data Security Evaluation for only $399.

People give your church important information about themselves and their families every week. To serve as good stewards of this information, you need a comprehensive data security plan that is reviewed and updated annually. 

Ready to find out more?

Request a data security evaluation today!

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