NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, has become the first charity in Northern Ireland to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.
Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme devised to help all small and medium sized organisations reach a good level of cyber security hygiene, in an effort to aid the UK to becoming a more secure country. It is a set of basic technical controls for any organisation to follow and ensure that they are aware of their current infrastructure security level and play an active role in continuing to monitor and improve on them.
Cyber crime reported figures are at almost epidemic proportions, with cyber fraud becoming the most commonly experienced offence. ONS figures show in the year leading up to July 2016 there were almost 5.8 million cases of computer misuse and fraud, with only 13.2% of fraud cases actually being reported to the police and costing the UK economy almost £11bn. NI charities are looking like an attractive target for cyber criminals with our sensitive data, limited security levels and aversion to poor publicity, this needs to change.
Incoming GDPR regulations which come into effect in May 2018 will still be applicable despite impending Brexit processes, and the Cyber Essentials scheme is a great first step to securing against loss, theft or unauthorised access to any personal data. The ICO could potentially issue fines of up to 4% of global turnover, and Cyber Essentials can be shown as evidence that basic steps have been carried out to protect your business from loss or attack.
NICVA has also become part of the CiSP initiative, a government and industry partnership which includes a secure virtual ‘collaboration environment’ where partners can exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities in real time. We would urge you to join and become part of the cyber crime awareness community.
More about the charity’s achievements can be read here.
Seminar will address the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of the new GDPR will bring
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The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined eleven charities that breached the Data Protection Act by misusing donors’ personal data