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How secure is your charity?

Charities play a crucial role in society but face significant risks in the digital age. Understanding your charity’s security level and taking proactive measures to bolster cyber defenses is paramount.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Assess Your Current Security Measures: Conduct a thorough assessment of your charity’s current cyber security protocols, including network security, data encryption, and access controls.
  2. Educate Staff and Volunteers: Provide comprehensive training on cyber security best practices to all staff and volunteers. This includes recognising phishing attempts, creating strong passwords, and understanding data protection laws.
  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Require MFA to access sensitive data or systems. This adds an extra layer of security beyond just a password, reducing the risk of unauthorised access.
  4. Regularly Update Software and Systems: Keep all software and systems up to date with the latest security patches and updates to mitigate vulnerabilities.
  5. Backup Data Regularly: Establish a robust backup system for critical data and information. Regularly backing up data can minimize the impact of ransomware attacks or data breaches.
  6. Collaborate and Share Information: Engage with other charities and relevant organizations to share information and best practices regarding cybersecurity threats and solutions.

Statistics on Cyber Crime Impacting Charities:

  • 18% of charities reported experiencing a loss of money or data due to cyber breaches or attacks in the past 12 months.
  • The Charity Commission’s report found that one in eight charities experienced cybercrime the previous year.

By taking proactive steps to bolster cyber security, charities can better protect their valuable resources, data, and reputation from the growing threat of cybercrime.

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