Securious is participating in IASME’s Cyber-Security campaign offering help to charities

With employees increasingly working from home in the midst of the COVID crisis, there has never been more reason to implement the right cyber security precautions.

Charities feature high on the target list for cyber criminals across the world due to the wide range of funds, personal, financial and commercial data they hold, their duty of care towards the information they safeguard is now under phenomenal strain.

With this in mind, The IASME Consortium, the recognised partner for the Government backed Cyber Essentials certification scheme, is launching a week-long campaign in November aimed at encouraging registered charities to improve their resilience to online threats. Alongside their participating licensed partners, The IASME Consortium is offering discounted certifications on two of their schemes, Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance, which will help charities demonstrate that they have effective and recognised best practice and protections in place.

Securious is an IASME licensed Certification Body based in Exeter, and the only Certification Body in the South West participating in the Cyber-Security campaign. Roz Woodward, CEO, says:

“Charities are particularly at risk of cyber attack due to the nature of the data they collect and store – but they often don’t have a cost line for things like cyber security. They work so hard to generate income to push forward their missions, yet struggle to afford protective measures to protect everything they’ve worked for.

“We know charities lose money to cyber criminals and it’s absolutely heartbreaking when they’ve worked so hard. If you think cyber criminals only attack the big guys or the bad guys, you’re wrong.

“That’s why this campaign is so important. We are delighted to be part of it, educating charities on why cyber security should matter to them, and helping them get some basic controls in place that will help protect against 80% of the most common forms of internet threat”.

Dr Emma Philpott MBE, CEO of IASME Consortium, speaks of the importance of the #cybersecurecharities campaign, saying that

“Charities play a key part in our society and, literally, every penny matters! Yet their increasing reliance on technology leaves them vulnerable to everyday cyber threats and puts their mission at risk. This campaign is designed to save third-sector organisations money on their assessments, and the proven measures they will be assessed against will play a key role in helping secure the data and finances that are fundamental to every charity. I’m delighted that so many of our Certification Bodies have joined us in making cyber security accessible to such an important sector.”

The aforementioned Cyber Essentials scheme assesses against the implementation of simple controls in five core technical areas. Its effectiveness means Cyber Essentials is already a prerequisite for many government and private sector tenders. The 5 technical controls are anti-malware, access control, patching, secure configuration and firewalls. These are the five key areas identified as those which, had controls been in place, would have prevented the majority of internet born attacks over recent years.