Make it your New Year’s Resolution to do something about Cyber Security during 2019 to protect your charity or non-profit from attack.

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to do something about Cyber Security during 2019 to protect your charity or non-profit from attack.

Cyber Security refers to the precautions you take to protect yourself against risks and problems with technology and the internet. But to put these precautions in place you first need to understand the risks, the terminology and more. And it’s not all about computers and technology. People and Processes need to be protected as well as technology if you’re going to be successful putting protection in place.

Reports show that the charitable sector is far more at risk than other sectors due to a lack of preparation and resources. VANEL is keen that we work hard with our Members and Friends to make sure you have tackled this problem head on and have reduced your risks to a minimum.

If you think the issue doesn’t affect you, then think again. If you have any form of technology in place, hold any data, deal with any money, then you have a potential for a cyber attack to cause you harm.

Is you website protected against hacking?

Do your staff know how to identify a phishing attack and not fall victim?

Is all your GDPR compliant data suitably protected, backed up and behind secure passwords?

Whether you have a complex organisation with staff, volunteers, many computers, mobile phones and more, or whether you are a micro non-profit with one laptop and a mailing list, cyber problems can be very real.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is leading the way now on helping the charitable sector understand and prepare for cyber issues. If you’re in a key role at your organisation, such as a manager, director, committee member or trustee, then this is your responsibility to investigate, learn and take action. VANEL is going to try and help you do this during 2019.

VANEL is working with Humberside Police. NAVCA, and NCSC to prepare resources and training that will help you. If this is something that you want to get support with get in touch with Karl at VANEL now and we’ll keep you informed. Keep an eye on our blog and e-bulletins too.

Resources

There’s a report on findings of research into Cyber Security here for background reading.

Start by reading current work with charities from the National Cyber Security Centre here to put things into context.

It’s a bit more technical, but here’s a useful page explaining what Cyber Security is, what the issues are and what to do about it.

This guide from NCSC – “Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide” – is very simple and goes through 5 key things you should be doing to get on top of Cyber Security in your Charity.

And here’s a useful summary of the top 10 resources for you.

Contact Karl Elliott at VANEL (karl@vanel.org.uk / 01472 361043)