Covid-19 Update: The latest effects of coronavirus on your legal rights and our service.

Complete the form below to ask us a question or make an enquiry. We’ll get back to you via phone or email as soon as possible.

Insights

Cybercrime – Are Your Systems Strong Enough?

Posted on 23rd October 2019 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor
Cybercrime – Are Your Systems Strong Enough?

The second of our articles this Charity Fraud Awareness Week focusses on the challenges for charities protecting themselves against cybercrime.

The Charity Commission not too long ago highlighted a range of tools available to charities to tackle the risk of cybercrime within their organisations. The publication is an important reminder of the link between cybercrime and fraud, and can be viewed in full here. Research suggests that approximately 70% of all fraud is now committed online.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 revealed that in 2018 over two thirds of high-income charities had recorded a cyber breach. Over 80% of these attacks faced by charities had been made by ‘phishing’ attacks (the sending of false emails attempting to impersonate credible sources and eliciting sensitive information). Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Helen Stephenson stated that “Charities play a vital role in our society and so the diversion of charitable funds or assets via cyber-crime for criminal purposes or personal gain is particularly damaging and shocking.”

Cybercrime can be a complex issue given the pace of progress of information technology. Attackers can strike upon their victims undetected from miles away or around the corner. The damage caused can be difficult to undo, and so awareness and vigilance are often the best defence. Raising awareness amongst those often at the frontline is key: staff and volunteers.

It is vital that charities of all sizes should protect their assets and income by building strong defences. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a helpful free guide on how to protect small charities from cybercrime to help the charity sector minimise risks from cyber-attacks. Larger charities should consider the NCSC’s Board Toolkit, information and advice on improving cyber security.

For more information on managing risk please contact our specialist charities’ team on 01392 207020.

Company & Industry

Related Insights

Insights

Becoming a charity trustee

Posted on 28th October 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Trustees’ week is an annual event showcasing the great work trustees do, and providing opportunities to get involved and make a difference. This year it is running from 1st to 5th November, and in support we have asked our colleagues who are charity trustees a series of questions to help inform others about the vital role they perform and why they should consider taking up a trustee role.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor
Insights

The National Trust, slavery and colonialism, and the Charity Commission - what can we learn?

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The Charity Commission recently concluded the National Trust did not breach charity law as a result of its regulatory compliance case involving the charity, and found there were no grounds for regulatory action.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor