Cyber Safe Charities

Cyber Safe Charities

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.

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.

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.

To help strengthen the third sector’s resilience against rogue cyber security activity, the IASME Consortium together with participating Certification Bodies, embarked on a week-long campaign to coincide with Cyber Resilience Week (11-15th September 2017). Unfortunately the discounted special offer for Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications is no longer available.

Charities that were unable to take advantage of the special offer should not be deterred from seeking the benefit of an increased cyber security posture, so please contact us for support with your assessment or your wider information security requirements.


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