Churches protect against cyber attack #

Are the computers in your church at risk? It’s time to beef up security.
Cynthia Astle, Coordinator for United Methodist Insight, writes in a recent feature: “Maybe the computer guardian in your congregation is the pastor. Maybe it’s the church secretary, the stalwart of every congregation. Or maybe your United Methodist congregation is large enough to have someone on staff whose sole job is to keep up with the church’s computers, including their security. Whether the guardian is a pastor, a church administrator, a tech-savvy teen or an outside firm, church computers are now as vulnerable to cyberattacks as every other computer on the planet.”

In light of last month’s ransomware attacks, Astle shares research she has done with denominational e-gurus and then provides seven suggestions for those concerned about cyber security.

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