Understanding and Improving Cybersecurity (Nonprofits & Government)


Civic Hall

118 W 22nd St 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011

New York, NY, US, 10011


Cybersecurity is a constant challenge for all organizations. Heck, just keeping up with the pace of technological change is a herculean task all by itself. People and organizations are faced with a virtual blizzard of new technology every day and, in trying to improve our organizations, we have to evaluate and adopt new technologies all the time. We must also think about how these changing technologies impact the security of our organization, our information, our clients, constituents and staff.


This course will help students build a solid foundation for those looking to significantly improve their literacy around digital security. The course will focus on both strategy and tactics, helping students learn foundational security skills that will apply for years to come, while also delving into the specific tactics and tools that are most relevant today. Whether you are just starting on your cybersecurity career, looking to help make your organization more secure, or looking to develop literacy and skills around cybersecurity, this course is for you.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic working knowledge of computers, networks and the Internet
  • Must be an employee of a nonprofit or social good organization
  • A desire to improve both personal and organizational cybersecurity
  • A laptop, smartphone and a Gmail account.
  • Advanced knowledge of Superstring theory (just kidding)
  • A spirit of adventure (not kidding)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the core principles of cybersecurity
  • Learn how social engineering (including phishing) work
  • Know the basic ten (10) steps to cybersecurity maturity for an organization
  • How to perform a high level cybersecurity risk assessment

Who is the target audience?

  • IT professionals looking to develop cybersecurity skills
  • Nonprofit “Accidental Techies” looking to add “accidental cybersecurity ninja” to their skillset
  • Anyone interested in understanding and applying key cybersecurity principles

Meet your instructor

Joshua Peskay is the Vice President of Technology Strategy at RoundTable Technology and an accomplished technology leader with more than two decades of experience leading technology change for over a thousand New York City nonprofit organizations. Joshua has a proven track-record for planning, implementing and supporting a wide range of successful technology solutions for nonprofits. Joshua is committed to helping organizations sort through the rapid pace of technological change to select the best products and services available and use them effectively.

Joshua is a dynamic and engaging public speaker and teacher, teaching topics such as Technology Strategy, Cybersecurity and Project Management. Joshua is an Expert Trainer for Idealware, faculty for the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and also partnered with Whole Whale on a Cybersecurity course for the online learning platform, Udemy.

In recent years, Joshua has been focusing on cybersecurity in the nonprofit sector, working with at-risk organizations to address digital security challenges and providing cybersecurity training and awareness programs to thousands of nonprofit personnel.

Civic Hall

Based in NYC, Civic Hall is a non-profit collaboration space for the world’s civic innovators interested in using technology for social good. We are a community of social entrepreneurs, change-makers, government employees, hackers, academics, journalists, and artists who share knowledge, build tools, and solve problems together. Civic Hall aims to be a safer, more inclusive space, and all Civic Hall members, staff, invited speakers, guests, and vendors visiting our space are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.