Free Cyber Security Resources for Charities Available
24% of charities said they had suffered cyber security breaches or attacks in 2023
It’s an important reminder to us all that cybercriminals do not discriminate between private firms and not-for-profits. To aid charities based in the North West, we’ve launched a dedicated area of resources for charities to support them in remaining vigilant against online crime.
If you want to strengthen your charity's resilience against cyber attacks, we'd encourage you to take advantage of our free membership or specialist cyber security services to fit in with how your charity works and within your budget.
Just 27% of charities have completed a cyber risk assessment and just 28% of charities given additional training to staff on cyber security after a breach or attack.
Many charities wrongly assume that they do not need cybersecurity help because they aren't a target. When in reality, your staff may be conned by phishing emails. Phishing involves attackers trying to con recipients into giving away personal details or passwords through emails and text messages. How can your charity avoid becoming a victim of a ransomware attack?
As a starting point, charities should make their organisations safer from cybercriminals by:
Back up your files frequently! Whilst a backup won't stop a malware attack, it can minimise the damage caused by one and keep your data safe.
Keep the operating systems and applications on all devices up-to-date.
Ensure you have installed antivirus software, which helps detect malicious programs like ransomware.
Don't allow staff to install third-party software or have administrative privileges unless your IT team has approved it.
Implement a Cyber Incident Plan to prepare for, respond and recover from cyber incidents.
“Everybody involved with charities - donors, volunteers, employees, professional advisers and, above all, trustees - have a role to play in protecting the charity sector from cyber-related harm.” Helen Stephenson, the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales
NCSC Guidance for Charities
The National Cyber Security Centre’s Small Charity Guide is also available to download and provides easy-to-follow guidance for the not-for-profit sector. Download Guide
“The NCSC is not just here to look after the UK government and business IT systems. We are committed to supporting the charity sector and encourage you to implement the five quick and easy steps outlined in this guide.” Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive Officer, NCSC