Cyber security for charities part 5: Protecting personal data – Third Sector

01 December 2022 by Jennifer Jackson
In this video, the National Cyber Security Centre’s deputy director explains the challenges charities face in protecting personal data and simple steps they can implement now.

The rise in digital fundraising has made the personal data that charities hold more vulnerable to cyber attacks. By their nature, charities hold a range of sensitive and personal data because they’re often supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society, such as young people in care, as well as details of donors, staff and volunteers.
According to the Third Sector and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) 2022 data security survey with 296 charity professionals, the majority share personal data with other departments but 28% don’t always know who owns all the personal data in their team. More than 1 in 10 (13%) do not have common data processes in place with other departments in the organisation. And only 68% said they use a trusted and secure internet connection all the time when accessing personal data. While most charities have a communications, email and internet policy, less than a third (29%) review and update their password policies every six months.
In this video, part five in our extended eight-part series, the NCSC’s deputy director explains:
This video was produced by Third Sector Insight in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre.
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Not everyone is working for the greater good: cyber criminals are targeting charities. We’re seen as data-heavy and vulnerable. That’s why Third Sector, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, has collated advice, insight and guidance to help you take simple steps to staying more secure, so you can better and more easily understand the risks and prepare appropriately. 
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Cybersecurity experts give their top tips to keep hackers at bay.
Becca K, charity sector resilience lead, NCSC, explains the current cyber threats charities face and how to spot them, as part of a four-part cyber security series.
Save the Children International and Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society give us an inside look into the cyber threats charities face and how to get buy-in from the board to invest in cyber security.
Javvad Malik, lead security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, explains how to educate employees and change organisation culture to prevent cyber attacks and respond to threats.
Michala Liavaag, founder and managing director, Cybility Consulting, takes us through what a good cyber attack incident response plan should look like.
What are the emerging threats you need to be aware of, how can you keep up with them and what does a good incident response plan look like?




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