Cyber Security Campaign for Charities

IASME and many associated Certification Bodies are offering significantly discounted Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance assessments during next week's Cyber Resilience Week. The IASME Governance assessments also include questions to review GDPR readiness.

Charities are particularly vulnerable to cyber security problems. Through holding the personal information of donors and benefactors, the cyber-criminal finds the third sector an attractive target for reasons other than fraudulently accessing their financial assets.

Addressing resilience within charitable organisations can be a challenge. Many remain blissfully, yet dangerously, unaware that they are potential victims of a crime which can have devastating consequences. For others, finding the necessary resource and knowledge to implement appropriate protections can prove difficult for trustees or Chief Executives.

The IASME Consortium, a leading Accreditation Body for the government backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme, is launching a week-long campaign aimed at encouraging registered charities to improve their resilience to on-line threats. Together with participating licensed partners, The IASME Consortium is offering discounted certifications on schemes which demonstrate charities have effective and recognised best practice and protections in place. IASME’s support for the third sector has been timed to coincide with ‘Cyber Resilience Week’ which runs from 11-15 September 2017.

The IASME Consortium package includes the widely recognised and supported Cyber Essentials scheme. This certification scheme assesses against the implementation of controls in five simple technical areas. Its effectiveness means Cyber Essentials is already a pre-requisite for many government and private sector tenders.

The 5 technical controls are anti-malware, access control, patching, secure configuration and firewalls. These are the five key areas identified as those which, had controls been in place, would have prevented the majority of internet born attacks over recent years.

IASME will also be offering its own award winning governance standard as part of the promotion. IASME Governance, which includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and an optional GDPR readiness check, is an information security management standard which is more practical for SMEs than the traditional ISO27001. Taken simultaneously with Cyber Essentials, IASME governance covers additional protections such as physical security, data back-ups and staff awareness.

Dr Emma Philpott, Chief Executive of The IASME Consortium said, “Charities work tirelessly to secure donations for fantastic causes. Having the right safeguards against unscrupulous cyber activity can help protect the donations and also any sensitive information such a charity might hold. The security of personal data, of both donors and benefactors, will become even more significant when considering the enhanced data protection laws which come into force from May next year.”

Interested charities can find further information and apply via the website below:

Cyber Safe Charities

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