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Charities urged to take action to prevent cyber attacks

New statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have shown an overall reduction in the percentage of businesses experiencing cyber attacks. However, of those that do experience attacks, the typical median number of breaches has risen from 4 in 2018 to 6 in 2019. Therefore, businesses and charities suffering cyber attacks and breaches appear to be experiencing more attacks than in previous years.

  • Percentage of businesses experiencing cyber breaches or attacks drops from 43% to 32%.
  • New laws to strengthen data protection have had a positive impact on cyber security.
  • Businesses and charities urged to train more people to help manage cyber risks.

Charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology and are falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. As the Charity Sector Threat Assessment illustrates, losing access to this technology, having funds stolen or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating, both financially and reputationally.

The most common breaches or attacks were phishing emails, followed by instances of others impersonating their organisation online, viruses or other malware including ransomware.

Charity leaders are encouraged to use the free small charity guide from the National Cyber Security Centre to learn how to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost.