Over a quarter of charities unprepared for cyber breach

A report has revealed that more than half of UK charities believe that they are likely to suffer a cyber attack but 27% admit that they do not have a plan in place in the event of a breach.

Charity Digital, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Council (NCSC), has published new research which highlights the current understanding of cyber security within the UK’s charity sector, with the aim of identifying areas for improvement and reducing the risk from cyber threats.

Based on a survey of 506 people working within the sector, the report found that 98% of charities believe cyber security is important, though 27% of charities said they did not have a plan in place should a cyber breach occur.

As with other sectors, charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology to store sensitive data – such as financial, personal, and commercial information – which can make them an attractive target for cyber attackers. The NCSC has published guidance for small charities on how to improve cyber security quickly, easily, and at low cost. In addition, it has published an assessment which outlines the cyber threat that charities of all sizes face, which also includes advice and guidance on how to build resilience.

Last week, the government unveiled its new National Cyber Strategy, setting out its plans for ensuring that the UK can solidify its position as a global cyber power. The paper follows the publication of the Government’s Integrated Review earlier this year.

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