According to the Federal Trade Commission, 1.1 million Americans had their identities stolen in one year alone.* This type of theft often occurs among individuals and small businesses, but recently, churches have become targets as well. Data security management is essential to guard personal data that could be used for identity theft.
As a church, you handle sensitive personal and financial information. If the data ends up in the wrong hands, identities can be stolen, substantial financial losses can occur, and victims can face countless hours needed to repair the damage. Developing strong data security policies helps protect your ministry and the people you serve.
Thieves seeking to obtain the personal and financial information of others may view churches as potential targets. It’s wise to be prudent and responsible in protecting the personal data of your members who trust you to handle such information appropriately.
To help protect the church and its members, staff and volunteers, you can develop data security policies, communicate the necessary procedures and train staff and volunteers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Guard your data with these 12 ways to manage data security:
The suggestions above are general in nature, and additional steps may be necessary or appropriate for your church’s situation and needs for data security management. For more information on what to do in the event of data or identity theft, find helpful resources from the Federal Trade Commission.
Protecting your ministry extends beyond data breaches, and that’s what we’re here for at GuideStone. For help with risk management and cyber liability insurance, contact us at InsuranceSolutions@GuideStone.org or (214) 720-2868, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT and Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice. Readers should use this article as a tool, along with best judgment and any terms or conditions that apply, to determine appropriate policies and procedures for your church’s risk management program.