Digital transformation, the process of leveraging technology, people and processes to innovate, requires an “all-in, ongoing commitment to improvement.” But the main drivers of digital transformation – data and profits – don’t always mesh seamlessly.
As shown by recent class actions filed against Blackbaud and Morgan Stanley, and a settlement with the New York Attorney General by Dunkin’ Brands, digital transformation has numerous cybersecurity issues that present legal obligations and potential liability.
In May, Blackbaud, Inc., a company that provides cloud software services to thousands of non-profits including hospitals, suffered a ransomware attack. In July, it began informing its users of the attack, many of whom used Blackbaud to process personal and sensitive information.
On August 12, the first of many lawsuits was filed against Blackbaud. Among the allegations in the lawsuit, Blackbaud is accused of failing to properly monitor its computer network and systems, failing to implement policies to secure communications, and failing to train employees.
The five years prior to the attack are telling. In that timeframe, Blackbaud underwent a digital transformation that involved acquiring numerous other software platforms including a predictive modeling platform, and a software provider focused solely on corporate giving.
Since the ransomware attack, Blackbaud has published cybersecurity improvements that support adherence to industry standards for incident management, employee training, systems and network testing, risk assessments, application security, encryption, and end-user authentication.
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