Guidance and Support for Charities

The North West Cyber Resilience Centre understands the challenges facing charities and during this time, we're on hand to support you with the latest guidance below.

Charities by their very nature, hold a huge amount of information that is attractive to hackers. The information held by charities often includes personal, sensitive, and financial data that when in the hands of a cybercriminal can be sold, held at ransom, or used to steal funds.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey for 2021 revealed that Phishing is the most identified cyber-attack against charities. Among the 26% identifying any breaches or attacks, 79% had phishing attacks, 23% were impersonated and 17% had malware (including ransomware).

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Have a query or would like to discuss how we can support your charity or voluntary and community organisation?

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View the latest guidance

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Small Charity Guide from the NCSC

How to improve cybersecurity within your charity - quickly, easily and at low cost.


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How charities can erase personal data from donated laptops, phones and tablets, before passing them on.


How to report a cybercrime

When you suffer a cyber-attack or a related cybersecurity incident, you might need to report it to several sources.

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What is cyber-crime? Why do I need to know more?

Learning how to avoid being a victim of crime is an important life skill.

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What should be on your Cyber Security Checklist?

What should employees, charities and businesses look to work on?

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that language within the cybersecurity sector can often appear confusing and inaccessible. Here are some explanations of the more common terms and questions.


Watchdog warns charities to protect against fraudsters amid pandemic

The Charity Commission is warning trustees and donors to strengthen defences.


How do I reduce the risk of cyberattacks?

We outline some of the more straight forward ways to manage cyber-risk effectively.

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New Book helps to Combat Cyber Attacks

This has been designed to assist you in taking the necessary steps to protect you against cybercriminals in 2021.

The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of the North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others.  Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect the most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. NWCRC provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.

NWCRC does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this website. NWCRC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.