UK Charities are bigger cyber-attack targets than they realise
Many charities, especially the smaller ones, fail to realise the value of the data they possess, according to a report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Unfortunately, cybercriminals do realise the value of this data, making charities vulnerable targets to a cyber-attack.
While the average person may find it unconscionable to steal from a charity, there are a number of perpetrators looking for some financial gain, besides the typical cyber-criminal. These include:
- Suppliers and third parties- It’s common for charities to outsource the responsibilities of running, maintaining and securing their data.
- Terrorists- Terrorist groups are likely to deface websites and publish victims’ personal details online, which is a process known as doxing.
- Nation states- Nation-states use cyber-crime to further their agendas.
- Insiders- Disgruntled staff with access to employer’s data may commit cyber-crimes seeking money or simply for revenge.
- Hacktivists- Hackers may target charities if they disagree with the charity’s purpose or are motivated by a specific cause.
In order to prevent cyber-criminals from accessing your charity’s valuable data, the NCSC Small Charity Guide recommends taking these precautions:
- Back up your data and protect it with strong passwords.
- Protect your organisation from malware.
- Keep your smartphones and tablets safe.
Use strong passwords to protect against cyber-threats
Here is an example of the small differences in passwords and how it can make a huge difference to would-be cyber-attackers.
|Time to crack in 2018
For additional information on protecting your charity, read our past blog post, Is your charity doing enough to protect its trustees?
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