The Center for Nonprofit Information Technology Hosting
A 501(C)(3) Nonprofit
Dedicated Cyber Security and Threat Mitigation Assistance
The CNPITH Mission Statement
To improve America’s cyber security posture through public awareness,
research, and open collaboration.
About The CNPITH
The CNPITH is a IRS recognized 501(C)(3) founded in 2010 to provide
dedicated pro-bono cyber security and threat mitigation assistance to United
States based 501(C)(3) nonprofits under 25 personnel.
The CNPITH mission is built on the philosophy of education of national cyber
security issues, providing cyber security Subject Matter Expertise, and threat
mitigation to participating 501(C)(3)’s.
Located in Metro Washington DC.
Senior Engineer is DOD 8570.1 Compliant IATIII, IAMIII, and CNDSP
The CNPITH maintains a 3rd Party Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm
located in the Metro DC area for compliance and monitoring.
Goals and Initiatives
Providing cross educational assistance to high school and college students with in house
training on new technologies related to network, cloud computing and cyber security.
Providing members annual security awareness training and tracking metrics.
Providing “Social Community Clouds” for SharePoint and Lync instant Messaging
collaboration through our secure private cloud infrastructure.
Cyber Security Mitigation Services
Providing Turn-Key infrastructure services to small nonprofits in an effort to secure,
protect, identify threats, and increase our nations cyber security posture one nonprofit
at a time.
Monitor, identify, track and document threat vectors infiltrating small nonprofits through
out the United States.
Providing rapid response IT systems for domestic and international crisis relief programs.
Prevent organizational disruptions by malware, botnets, and ransomware.
Prevent financial loss and compromise of nonprofit bank accounts resulting in the loss of
publically funded money and the inability for nonprofits to gain future grants and
The CNPITH Background
The CNPITH owns and
controls 100% of the
cloud hardware, design
The infrastructure is 100%
Commercial Off The Shelf – no
custom software components.
Nonprofits have the benefit of
interacting with common known
software such as Microsoft
Windows Server, Windows 8.1,
Microsoft office suite.
The CNPITH is a pure IAAS “Turn-
Key Service” providing a pre built
modern Microsoft based
environments consisting of Active
Directory 2012, Exchange 2013, Lync
Communicator 2013 and 1 Win8.1
desktops. Members also have the
option for Sharepoint 2013, additional
virtual desktops, and even the ability
to migrate current infrastructure into
the CNPITH cloud solution.
The CNPITH is dedicated to US
based 501(C)(3) nonprofits. The
CNPITH provides a turn-key
solution to organizations under
100% Owned100% COTS 100% Service 100% Nonprofit
The CNPITH is built on federal
security standards such as NIST
800-53, DOD DISA STIG’s for OS
hardening, Unified Threat
Management solutions, End Point
Security, Real Time Threat
Monitoring, and active cyber
threat intelligence from the
FBI Infragard Program.
What makes The CNPITH unique?
The CNPITH stands out as being unique in its mission goals and objectives due in part to it’s
production multi-tenancy and community cloud environment.
While there are handful of organizations that provide information on How small business’s
and nonprofits can make themselves more “cyber ready” and enhance security. No current
organization provides a service and expertise to facilitate such activities. They stand alone
in being informational.
The CNPITH stands out by providing an actual pro bono solution that nonprofits can
participate in that take a substantial financial, management, and technical burden off the
organizations themselves related to Information Technology requirements.
Leveraging cloud solutions allows for lower cost solution that provides a substantial
security and quality of service increase, while lowering management, operational, and
technical burdens on small nonprofits.
The CNPITH has not had one unscheduled network outage since its inception.
What nonprofits face in today’s cyber
Lack of funding for modern equipment.
Many organizations still run windows XP and Vista Operating Systems.
Many organizations run Microsoft Server 2003 and 2008 with no updates enabled
and no host security.
Many organizations run no end point security and those who do, do not have
automatic updates enabled and or expired free trial licenses.
Lack of funding for technical personnel with cyber security experience.
Personnel with knowledge and experience to secure even the most smallest of
Theft of financial information leading to the loss of publically funded money,
grants and donations. Causing some nonprofits the inability to gain future
funding without proving some level of IT security to protect future monies.
Core Pro Bono Services
Dedicated Active Directory Server
Dedicated user setup
User security based off of groups and role based access
Dedicated Exchange 2016 Server
Outlook Web Access for anywhere Web access
Outlook Anywhere for laptop and desktop secure outlook connections
Mobil device email
Unlimited email accounts and alias name* (predicated on allocated
hard drive space)
Dedicated Skype for Business Communication Server
Skype calling ability
Gotomeeting/WebEx like shared desktop
1 Dedicated Windows 10 virtual desktop
Web Hosting with complete access through IIS
Daily Scanning of vulnerabilities and mitigation reports based on
DOD and NIST framework cyber standards
Dedicated Symantec Antivirus Server 12.1.6
Unified Threat Messaging Suite
Real time antivirus updates at gateway
SPAM control and monitoring
Intrusion detection sensors
Global reputation threat analysis
Custom firewall settings
Between all servers and services 250GB of Hard Drive
Unclassified cyber threat mitigation of “Bad actors”
and phishing scams VIA the FBI Infragard program.
Threats are assessed and worked into the CNPITH
primary systems for monitoring
5MB/PS of internet speed. Will provide enough
bandwidth for email and Lync communication over
VPN line and 1x 24/7 connection to Virtual Remote
Hourly VEEAM backups of email, Daily for all other
servers and workstations.
Free EV SSL public certs through Digicert.
Cloud Hosting Baseline Comparison
Security Support Backups Total
CNPITH 5 9 14 365 1 1 UTM Firewall with Gateway scanner, Malware
detector, APT, SPAM detector, Microsoft Patching
Integration through WSUS, Symantec End Point for
servers and Hosts. Custom Firewall rules.
Weekly Compliance Scanning.
Dark Web monitoring through Norse.
Free public SSL certs through Digicert ($1000.00)
On prem Watchguard firewall for each org
Free 1 hour
per week on
CenturyLink 5 9 14 365 1 1 Basic firewall rules, no other options available. None $720.00
5 9 14 365 1 1 Basic firewall rules, no other options available. None $850.00
The Cyber Communities Program
The Cyber Communities Program is an initiative started by The CNPITH
that brings cloud computing and cyber security together to offer a unique
environment both individually for each nonprofit and collectively as a
This concept is initiated by providing individual nonprofits there own
secured Infrastructure As A Service(IAAS) environment . Providing a turn
key solution for each nonprofit to accept or move their existing
environment into the cloud.
The CNPITH then provides a unique “Community cloud” where utilizing
shared services in Microsoft known as “Federated Services”; each
nonprofit that may want to participate can join their organizations to
specific community cloud’s created around specific national initiatives
such as volunteer fire departments, schools, veteran groups, foreign
country missions, disaster recovery and relief, and so on.
Server and EndPoint Security
Perimeter and Infastructure Security
Symantec End Point
Manager for all
Event Monitoring and
Configuration and Asset
Email Data Encryption Instant Messaging Single Sign On
Symantec Anti Virus
Data Loss Prevention
Duo Two Factor
Secured Vlans with
Load Balancing and
Dark Fibre Monitoring
Steelcloud DOD STIG
Infragard and Other
The CNPITH “Security Onion”
Nonprofit Cyber Research And Collaboration
The Center for Nonprofit Information Technology Hosting’s “Nonprofit
Cyber Research and Collaboration Program” also known as the NCRCP was
created to provide vulnerability and cyber threat analytical date
collection with 501C3 organizations. This data collection is limited to
information pertaining to transport Internet Protocol (IP) data
information, collection of gateway firewall logs, SPAM monitoring
systems, vulnerability scanning, audit logs, Intrusion Detection Systems
(IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Event system logs, SIEM, analysis
systems, and data collection tools.
The information gathered by participating 501C3 shall not contain
specific Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Intellectual Property (IP)
information, or files traversing any of the network pathways. The goal of
the program is to just identify where things are coming from, where they
are going, and what types of security threats are impacting US based
Nonprofit and educational groups.
2014-2016 Lessons learned from Pilot
Internal staff must work to effective evangelize the technologies and in many cases migration to
Over the last several years one of the largest reasons to move to such a cloud based solution is the
centralization of email and communication dedicated to each VFD business. With many individuals, the use of
their personal Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL email to conduct volunteer activities is “familiar”, and
“convenient” and can often be difficult to convince individuals to embrace another email account. Especially
one that may have more security involved.
Level of Effort from VFD’s is minimal.
Through our first pilot programs we found the extent of request for assistance often went no further then
updating individuals and email addresses. And often those request were minimal as well.
We general encourage a 90 day password change, but after much discussion we found it was easier to give a 6
month acclimation period to using the services before deploying a 90 day password change.