As the VCSE sector becomes increasingly reliant on IT and technology, so to, does the risk of them falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. As illustrated in the National Cyber Security Centre’s Charity Sector Threat Assessment, losing access to this technology, having funds stolen or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating for small charities, both financially and reputationally.
The National Cyber Security Centre has published Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide, a free guide for small charities on how to improve their cyber security. By following this guidance, small charities can significantly increase their protection from the most common types of cyber crime, and the guidance is broken down into five key topics that are easy to understand, and either free or low-cost to to implement.
Does your charity follow serious incident reporting guidelines?
In light of the recent headlines relating to our sector, it is important to remember that all charities, whether operating at an international, national or local level, have a duty to safeguard their beneficiaries, volunteers and staff, and have clear and robust policies in place for reporting serious incidents.
This blog, by the Charity Finance Group, contains useful guidance for charities on how to identify what is deemed a ‘serious incident’, who should report the incident, and how it should be done.