Cyber security grants on offer to charities in Scotland

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has made the money available to help charities achieve accreditation in the nationally recognised Cyber Essentials scheme.

Joe Lepper | 10th Apr 19
Cyber security

Charities in Scotland are being invited to bid for grants of up to £1,000 to improve their cyber security.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, with support from the Scottish Government, is offering the grants to help charities achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation – which is awarded to organisations that have in place protection against threats such as malware.

The money is available to cover technical work needed to gain accreditation and is not for staff training or awareness.

Those applying need to clearly describe how gaining Cyber Essentials accreditation will benefit the organisation and service users.

They also need to have a contracted IT supplier or inhouse tech team and the grants are only available to charities with an annual income below £4m.

Firewalls and malware

To achieve accreditation charities must have robust systems in place regarding firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and patch management

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 26 April.

The Cyber Essentials scheme was developed in 2014 and is managed by the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ.

The Cyber Essentials Certificate costs £300 and according to the National Cyber Security Centre, offers users reassurance that the organisation is protected from cyber attack.

It can also help give organisations a clear picture of their cyber security level and some government contracts require Cyber Essentials certification.

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