Cyber security guide for small charities
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has assessed the charity sector and identified a wide variation in charities’ understanding of cybercrime.
Many smaller charities are not aware that their data is sensitive, valuable and vulnerable to malicious cyber activity. As a result, they do not see themselves as targets and often fail to report such crimes, fearing damage to their reputation or possible financial consequences. This may also be the result of uncertainty on how and where to register the offence.
The NCSC has produced a free guide, highlighting 5 easy to understand, low cost steps to improving cyber security in small charities. The guidance covers:
- Backing up data
- Preventing malicious software damage
- Using passwords to protect data
- Keeping smartphones (and tablets) safe
- Avoiding phishing attacks.
More detail on each of the above steps is given in their free guide.
For advice on charity matters contact Elizabeth Irvine.