The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published the Small Charity Guide. It provides easy and cost effective steps that charities can take to defend against common cyber attacks. In addition, it offers expert advice on backing-up data, using strong passwords, protecting against malware, keeping devices safe and avoiding phishing attacks.
The guidance was launched in response to the NCSC cyber threat assessment for the charity sector. It concluded that charity funds, supporter details and information on beneficiaries is being targeted. The assessment found that its culture of openness makes small charities particularly vulnerable to cyber fraud and extortion.
The Charity Commission has included a link to the NCSC guide in its guidance on what charities can do to protect against fraud.
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This advice has been produced to help charities to protect themselves from the most common cyber attacks. The 5 topics covered are easy to understand and cost little (or nothing) to implement.