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Cyber Security for Charities

15 March 2023Cyber Essentials, IASME Cyber Assurance
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The charity sector is a vital part of society, providing support and services to vulnerable groups and working towards the greater good for communities globally. However, with the increasing use of technology and the collection and storage of personal data, the importance of Cyber Assurance and Cyber Security cannot be understated.

What is Cyber Assurance?

Cyber Assurance refers to the effective management of information within an organization, including how it is collected, used, stored, and shared. Effective information governance ensures that information is managed securely and ethically, in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Why is Cyber Assurance so important for charities?

  1. Protecting sensitive data: Charities often collect and store sensitive data, such as donor information, financial records, and personal details of beneficiaries. Information governance ensures that this data is managed securely and ethically, reducing the risk of data breaches and protecting the privacy and rights of individuals.
  2. Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements: Charities are subject to various data protection regulations, such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in the EU and the Data Protection Act in the UK. Effective information governance ensures that charities comply with these regulations, reducing the risk of fines and legal action.
  3. Maintaining trust: Charities rely on the trust of their donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries. Effective information governance demonstrates that the charity takes data protection and privacy seriously, maintaining trust and confidence in the organization.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security refers to the protection of information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction. Effective cyber security ensures that information is protected against a range of threats, including cyber attacks, physical theft, and human error.

Why is Cyber Security important for charities?

  1. Protecting against cyber attacks: Charities are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals, who seek to steal sensitive data or disrupt operations. Effective information security protects against these threats, reducing the risk of data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage.
  2. Protecting against physical theft: Charities may store valuable assets, such as cash donations or equipment, on their premises. Effective information security ensures that these assets are protected against theft, reducing the risk of financial losses.
  3. Protecting against human error: Human error, such as accidentally sharing sensitive information or losing a device containing valuable data, can pose a significant threat to information security. Effective information security includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of human error.

Deploying effective Cyber Assurnace and Cyber Security are crucial for the charity sector. By protecting sensitive data, complying with legal and regulatory requirements, maintaining trust, and protecting against a range of threats, charities can ensure that they are able to continue providing vital services to their beneficiaries, while protecting the privacy and rights of individuals.

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