Government encourages charities to do more on cyber security

Research commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport suggests that many charities are not well informed about cyber security and awareness of the government support available is also low. The report suggests ways of addressing this including:

  • Bringing in expertise from the private sector, possibly via trustees, may help encourage investment in cyber security
  • Case studies may be helpful to explain the impact of breaches to charities, and encourage action.

Government and public bodies could engage with charities at natural ‘touchpoints’ in their development such as taking on more staff, starting to receive online donations, moving to internet banking, moving from paper to electronic records or upgrading their website