Charities Warned Over Cybersecurity

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released its first guidance document for charities, warning that the sector is “absolutely not immune” to attacks. The GCHQ spin-off penned a new blog post last week claiming that third sector workers may be overly trusting of unsolicited emails, making them more susceptible to social engineering. Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools commented below.

Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools: 

“Cybercriminals are not likely to suddenly locate their moral compasses and avoid targeting charities, which means that third sector organisations need to remain just as vigilant as those in more corporate environments. The shoe-string budgets and high workloads facing many charities mean that cybersecurity operations and employee training may be lower priorities, but they could help to protect the vital frontline services many charities provide from being impacted by a serious cyber-incident. At a minimum, those working on charities should always double check the sender address of any inbound, unsolicited email, and should take extra care when opening attachments or links included in emails. All organisations have something to lose, but for charities the vulnerable people they serve have something to lose as well.”

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