Charities struggle to counter cyber security threat
Written by: Nigel Howle

Are you a senior officer or Board member at a UK charity?

If so, when was the last time you carried-out a thorough review of cyber security?

The Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey seriously questions how prepared the charity sector is to counter attacks on their IT systems.

32% of charities have experienced  some form of cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months, with phishing the most common type of attack faced.

While this figure is lower than that for UK businesses, concern arises over how well charities prepare for online breaches. The report says only 26% of the charities surveyed have undertaken cyber security risk assessments in the last year, compared to 63% of medium-sized businesses, and 72% of large businesses.

Only a third of the charities surveyed had taken out cyber security insurance.

What is clear is that many smaller charities neither have the IT know how or the funding in place to ensure best practice is followed on cyber security.

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