As one middle-income charity commented in the research: “We're always hanging on by our finger tips in financial terms, and I think that really prevents us investing in the time it takes to address cyber security in a strong way."
For many charities, spending on cyber security often falls much lower on the list of priorities than spending directly on their core mission and goals. However, the data shows that charities are under threat, and we believe that managed IT services offer a reliable and powerful resource for charities.
Amongst those charities identifying a breach or attack:
Clearly, understanding some email best practices is essential for charities and their staff.
But this still means that 68% of UK charities have not evaluated their preparedness for a cyber attack. However, making decisions about your cyber strategy without enough information can feel a bit like walking in the dark without a torch!
This is how a consultation with a managed IT security provider can be incredibly helpful. With expertise on the latest technologies to secure your network, they can also help your organisation to create a more comprehensive IT security strategy and a cyber security incident management process.
You'll gain confidence that your charity can quickly recover from an attempted breach and your team members will be clear on the process for who to alert and what to do if they suspect a breach has occurred.
The study suggests that that embedding knowledge and understanding of cyber security within management boards is a strong driver of behaviour change. Although many C-suite executives want to be involved in decisions about cyber security, they are willing to admit that they only know the basics. Be sure to consult with specialists in IT Security and designing powerful cloud environments.
While this is an effective and practical way to avoid expensive hardware investments, each of those devices represent tens or hundreds of entry points for cyber criminals to sneak into your IT systems.
Consider endpoint security, which works in tandem with your existing security systems to help you:
Security Awareness Training is one way to help everyone in your organisation understand the threats posed by cyber crime, not only trustees. This kind of training relies on real-life scenarios. It 'borrows' from the tactics used by real hackers, including simulations of phishing emails and tips to help you spot suspicious files or activity on your system.