Protecting your charity from cyber criminals

Date: 23 August 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Online
Hunts Forum events

Look after your Cyber Health


In March this year, the Scottish Association of Mental Health suffered a devastating Ransomware incident that left the charity unable to use its email and phone lines and struggling to provide services. Sensitive personal information such as names and address and passport information held by the charity was found on the Dark web.


Cyber attacks have resulted in financial losses to charities of all sizes. The costs arise from the attack itself, the remediation and repairing reputational damage by regaining public trust.


Ransomware attacks are happening with greater frequency. In fact, attack is a bit of a misnomer as the ‘attackers’ probably didn’t target the charity at all.


Protect your charity


Good Cyber security technology can only do so much to protect your organisation. The human element is your strongest defence and your weakest link.


The best way to secure your charity is to understand the threat and how simple to implement processes and procedures can help protect your charity, your people and your beneficiaries.


Phishing, identity theft and ransomware are persistent threats and they all typically start with one malicious email. So, it’s more important than ever to make sure everyone in your organisation is aware of the dangers.


Learn why charities and community are under attack irrespective of size, learn to recognise and identify different forms of cyber attack and how to help prevent and mitigate the consequences of attack.


This session and session materials have been developed by the National Cyber Security Centre, The National Association for Voluntary Community Action and pilot CVS organisations to help charities and community groups protect themselves from Cyber Crime.


About the Facilitator:

Keith Johnson is the Senior Development Officer at Hunts Forum. He undertook a train the trainer training at the National Cyber Security Centre to deliver this training to the Voluntary and Community sector. This online session is a shorter version of the original training taking the online medium into account.