Free Guide Against Cybercrime from GCHQ
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, has published an assessment of the threat to charities and a guide to help the sector minimise the risks.
In its assessment of the charity sector, the NCSC said there is “considerable variation in charities’ understanding, approach to and application of” cybercrime.
“Some charities are aware their data is sensitive, valuable and vulnerable to malicious cyber activity,” the report concluded. “We believe many, particularly smaller charities, do not realise this and do not perceive themselves as targets.“
In one example a charity lost £13,000 after its chief executive’s email was hacked.
NCSC has now published a free guide for small charities to help them understand the types of attack that they might be vulnerable to and how to protect themselves. The guide notes that charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology and are falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. However, the National Cyber Security Centre aims to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.
NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin said “We are committed to supporting the charity sector and we encourage you all to implement the quick and easy steps outlined in this guide.”
Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said: “ unfortunately charities are not immune to fraud and cyber-crime, and there are factors that can sometimes increase their vulnerability such as a lack of digital expertise, limited resources and culture of trust.
“We fully endorse the National Cyber Security Centre’s guide on cyber security for charities. This will be a valuable resource to help charities protect their work, beneficiaries, funds and reputations from harm and we encourage charities of all sizes to make use of it.”
Follow this link to download the Guide
Follow this link to the NCSC website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/cyber-threat-assessment-uk-charity-sector