Cyber Safe Charities
Supporting charities towards greater cyber security
It is a sad reality that the charities which play such a large part in our society are increasingly becoming targets, and victims, of cyber-crime. Through holding the personal information of donors and benefactors, the cyber-criminal finds the third sector an attractive target for reasons other than fraudulently accessing their financial assets. What’s more, many charities remain unaware of the significance of the cyber-threat they face.
To help strengthen the third sector’s resilience against rogue cyber security activity, the IASME Consortium together with participating Certification Bodies, is embarking on a week-long campaign to coincide with Cyber Resilience Week. Between 11-15th September 2017, registered charities will be able to apply for discounted Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications.
Cyber Essentials is the government backed certification scheme which encourages organisations to address the five core technical controls which, once in place, will help prevent 80% of internet born attacks. The IASME Consortium and participating Certification Bodies will be offering the Cyber Essentials self-assessments at £225 plus VAT as opposed to the usual £300 plus VAT.
IASME Governance includes Cyber Essentials (see above) assessments but includes additional security safeguards. The IASME Governance standard is written along similar lines to the information security management standard, ISO 27001, yet is more practical for SME organisations. This standard brings in additional checks such as physical security, staff awareness and data backup. Charities will also be able to take advantage of IASME’s unique GDPR Readiness assessment which also forms part of the IASME Governance standard.
With the significant Data Protection changes next May, this is an ideal opportunity for charities to prove their readiness for the major changes which lie ahead. During this campaign week, IASME Governance, to include Cyber Essentials and optional GDPR assessments, will be available to registered charities for £250 plus VAT as opposed to the usual £400 plus VAT.
You can find further information these certifications via this link.
How to take part
To take advantage of this week-long promotion, applicant charities will require to:
- Demonstrate their registered charity status through submission of their charity name and registered charity number.
- Applications must be made during Cyber Resilience week, 11-15 September. All applications must be received before 5pm on Friday 15th
- Once application has been made between 11-15 September, the applicant charity must commence the assessment within one month.
- Assessments must be completed and submitted by 30 November 2017.
- The campaign discounts apply to ‘self-assessments’ only.
Earlier in August, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published their research on registered charities awareness and experiences of cyber-crime. The aim of the research is to inform Government as how they can develop support for the charitable sector to help make them safer online and help protect the important data charities hold. IASME, independent of this research, is looking to play its part in promoting safer online practices.
Charities wishing to take advantage of this promotion can apply from 11th September. Assign-IT will sign-post applicant charities to dedicated links as we get nearer to the 11th September. You will also be able to speak to us directly should you require support with your assessment or your wider information security requirements.
If you’re a registered charity or know of a registered charity who could benefit from this promotion, why not bookmark this page.