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Good cyber security is crucial to making sure organisations can protect themselves against cyber crime quickly, easily and at a low cost.

What is cyber security?

Cyber security is the way individuals and organisations work to lessen the risk of a cyber-attack.

Cyber security's core function is to protect the devices we use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both at home and at work - from theft or damage. It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices and online.

Why is it important?

As charities hold valuable and confidential information, cyber security is something we should be very proactive about – especially as we use digital technology more in our daily lives. It’s important that charities understand the seriousness of a cyber-attack – as without the right protection, online accounts, data and devices could be seriously compromised.

Guidance and resources

Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide – guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to improve cyber security within your charity. While it’s aimed at small charities, it’s applicable to all. The NCSC and NCVO encourage you to adopt this guidance.

NCSC Small Charity Infographic - sitting alongside the Small Charity Guide, this useful infographic will help remind you of the key actions to take in a handy one pager.

NCSC Top Tips for Staff - a video focusing on practical advice to protect yourself against cyber crime at home and work.

NCSC Board Toolkit – a tool to help trustees, senior managers and technical teams speak the same language about cyber security and develop an informed risk-based approach, through which trustees can gain the assurance they need and provide their IT team with clear direction.

Charity Commission fraud advice - information about cyber-crime, how to recognise it and how to protect yourself.

Digital maturity matrix – an online tool to help you explore how well your charity is doing with all things digital, including cyber security and data protection.

Webinar: Beyond cyber essentials

View a recording of a cybersecurity webinar broadcast on 8 October 2020, produced in association with Zurich

View the slide deck

Page last edited Oct 08, 2020

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