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
|Amwell Solutions||London & South East|
|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|
|Equilibrium Security Services||Birmingham|
|Francis Clark LLP||Exeter|
|Greyfield Consultancy Services||Bristol & Bath|
|Health Informatics Service||West Yorkshire|
|Hexad Information Security Services||Midlands & South East|
|IT Wiser LLP||North & West Yourkshire|
|Layer 7 IT Security||Northumberland|
|MASS||Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire & London|
|Morgan & Morgan||Swansea & Carmarthenshire|
|NetHost Legislation||Aberdeen & London|
|Stuart J Green Digital Engineering||Market Rasen|
|Think Marble||London & Southampton|
|Waterstons||London & North East|