Cyber Safe Charities

Cyber Safe Charities

Supporting charities towards greater cyber security

It is a sad reality that the charities which play such a large part in our society are increasingly becoming targets, and victims, of cyber-crime.  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. What’s more, many charities remain unware of the significance of the cyber-threat they face.

To help strengthen the third sector’s resilience against rogue cyber security activity, The IASME Consortium together with participating Certification Bodies, ran a successful week-long campaign to coincide with Cyber Resilience Week, 11-15th September 2017. Throughout that week, registered charities were able to apply for significantly discounted Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications.

Cyber Essentials is the government backed certification scheme which encourages organisations to address the five core technical controls which, once in place, helps prevent 80% of internet born attacks.  

IASME Governance includes Cyber Essentials (see above) assessments but includes additional security safeguards.  The IASME Governance standard is written along similar lines to the information security management standard, ISO 27001, yet is more practical for SME organisations.  This standard brings in additional checks such as physical security, staff awareness and data backup.  Charities were also be able to take advantage of IASME’s unique GDPR Readiness assessment which also forms part of the IASME Governance standard.

With the significant Data Protection changes next May, this was an ideal opportunity for charities to prove their readiness for the major changes which lie ahead.  

You can find further information these certifications via this link.

Earlier in August, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published their research on registered charities awareness and experiences of cyber-crime.  The aim of the research was to inform Government as how they can develop support for the charitable sector to help make them safer online and help protect the important data charities hold. IASME, independent of this research, continues to play its part in promoting safer online practices.

IASME co-ordinated this campaign with 40 of their very supportive Certification Bodies. Those 'partners' who generously supported the week long campaign are listed below.

Chris Pinder, Business Development Manager for IASME said, "This was a great campaign, primarily aimed at encouraging charities towards greater cyber resilience.  The campaign would never have been possible without the support of so many of our Certification Bodies.  We are extremely grateful to them and collectively we have made a big difference to a good number of deserved charities."

A full list of supporting Certification Bodies is as below.

 

Participating Certification Bodies

Certification Body Location
2-Sec London
4 Secure Midlands
AACE Bristol
Accelero Digital Bridgend
Aggress Scotland
Amwell Solutions London & South East
Aristi Birmingham
Assign IT Hertfordshire
Assure Technical Malvern
Authentic Associates Oxfordshire & Hampshire
Axiom Cyber Intelligence Midlands
BC Technologies Southern England & Scotland
Capital Network Solutions Cardiff
Computer Network Defence Bath & Isle of Man
Cyber Strategies London & Essex
Cyphra Belfast
Develop Capability Warrington
Equilibrium Security Services Birmingham
Forensic Control London
Forti5 Technologies Southampton
Francis Clark LLP Exeter
Greyfield Consultancy Services Bristol & Bath
Health Informatics Service West Yorkshire
Hexad Information Security Services Midlands & South East
Information Age Solihull
IntaForensics Nuneaton
Intex IT
IT Wiser LLP North & West Yourkshire
Layer 7 IT Security Northumberland
MASS Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire & London
Morgan & Morgan Swansea & Carmarthenshire
NetHost Legislation Aberdeen & London
Protos Networks Chester
RDS Global Derby
RFA (UK) London
RightCue Basingstoke
Stuart J Green Digital Engineering Market Rasen

Think Marble London & Southampton
Tresor Security London
Waterstons London & North East