UK Charities Are Bigger Cyber-attack Targets Than They Realise

Many charities , especially the smaller ones, fail to realise the value of the data they possess, according to a report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Unfortunately cyber-criminals do realise the value of this data, making charities vulnerable targets.

While the average person may find it unconscionable to steal from a charity, there are a number of perpetrators looking for some financial gain, besides the typical cyber-criminal. These include:

  • Suppliers and third parties– It’s common for charities to outsource the responsibilities of running, maintaining and securing their data.
  • Terrorists– Terrorist group are likely to deface websites and publish victim’s personal details online, which is a process known as doxing.
  • Nation states– Nation states use cyber-crime to further their agendas.
  • Insiders– Disgruntled staff with access to their employer’s data may commit cyber-crimes seeking money or simply for revenge.
  • Hacktivists– Hackers may target charities if they disagree with the charity’s purpose or are motivated by a specific cause.

In order to prevent cyber-criminals from accessing your charity’s valuable data, the NCSC Small Charity Guide recommends taking these precautions:

  • Back up your data and protect it with strong passwords.
  • Protect your organisation from malware.
  • Keep your smartphones and tablets safe.

Use Strong Passwords to Protect Against Cyber-threats

Password Time to Crack in 2018
charity 22 milliseconds
Charity 18 hours, 58 minutes,27 seconds
Charity 1 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days
CharityNo1 1 millennia,7 centuries,6 decades