The Charity Commission for England and Wales, together with government partner, the National Cyber Security Centre have published a cybercrime report for the charity sector.
The report highlights the main findings from a cybercrime survey of registered charities in England and Wales during March 2019. The Commission, supported by the Fraud Advisory Panel, contacted a representative and randomly selected sample of 15,000 charities, achieving a 22% response rate.
Interesting statistics from the report include:
- 36% of charities don’t know which type of cyber-attack they’re most vulnerable to;
- 30% of cybercrimes were identified by internal IT controls;
- Where a cyber-attack has occurred, the most common types were phishing/malicious emails (54%) and hacking/extortion (31%).
In addition to good guidance practice, the report also provides case studies and a handy cybercrime prevention checklist for completion by charity trustees, staff and volunteers.
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The Charity Commission, supported by the Fraud Advisory Panel, contacted a representative and randomly selected sample of 15,000 charities, achieving a 22% response rate. The results represent the largest survey ever undertaken into cyber crime in the UK charity sector, and provide insights into the threats facing the sector and the actions needed to combat them.