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In 2024, charities must recognise the critical importance of cybersecurity.

Charities increasingly rely on digital platforms for fundraising, data storage, and communication, leaving the risk of cyber attacks to grow. It’s essential for charities to take their security seriously and implement basic security measures to protect their assets and maintain the trust of their stakeholders.

Here are some of CSG’s security tips for charities to consider:

  • Regularly Update Software and Systems: Ensure all software and systems are up-to-date with the latest security patches. Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software.
  • Use Strong, Unique Passwords: Encourage staff and volunteers to use strong, unique passwords for each account and implement multi-factor authentication where possible.
  • Educate Staff and Volunteers: Conduct regular training sessions on cybersecurity best practices and the latest phishing scams. Knowledge is the first line of defence.
  • Secure Sensitive Data: Store sensitive information securely, using encryption where possible, and limit access to those who need it.
  • Backup Data Regularly: Regular backups can help recover essential data in case a cyber attack occurs or data loss.
  • Have a Response Plan: Develop and regularly update a cybersecurity incident response plan. Knowing what to do in the event of a breach is crucial.

By following these simple steps, charities can significantly reduce their vulnerability to cyber threats and ensure that they continue to operate effectively and safely. Remember, investing in cybersecurity is not just about protecting data; it’s about preserving the reputation and trust that is so vital to the success of charitable organisations.

Charities, often assumed to have limited training, have become prime targets for cybercriminals. Our interview with Active Gloucestershire sheds light on this pressing issue and showcases how Active Gloucestershire, in partnership with CSG, is proactively combating this threat.

Active Gloucestershire works with public funds and understands the importance of demonstrating cost-effective security measures. With CSG’s expertise, they have successfully implemented robust security protocols without breaking the bank. This partnership is a testament to the charity’s serious commitment to safeguarding their operations and the trust placed in them by the public.

Contact the CSG team today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

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