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||18 hours, 58 minutes,27 seconds|
|Charity 1||5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days|
|CharityNo1||1 millennia,7 centuries,6 decades|