Information Security Best Practices for the Development and Humanitarian Sector

NetHope engaged Mastercard Advisors to conduct a review of three leading data security standards (International Organization for Standardization [ISO], Payment Card Industry [PCI], and National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST]) along with the data security requirements specified by three major donors (United States Agency for International Development [USAID], United Kingdom’s Department for International Development [DFID], European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Operations [ECHO]). Mastercard Advisors evaluated each standard through the development and humanitarian lens to glean the most relevant practices in this space and thus begin the process of establishing a new data security baseline for the sector.

NetHope selected Mastercard Advisors for this work given its industry-leading level of expertise and leadership in the information security space. Mastercard operates one of the world’s most secure networks, thwarting over thirty million cyber-attacks per month across its systems. As a founder of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, the company was instrumental in the development of the PCI Data Security Standards (commonly called "PCI compliance"). It has become the leading standard used by merchants to protect consumer information in connection with global payment systems.


Learn how Mastercard can help you establish a robust set of information security best practices.