The UK Government has carried out research with UK registered charities to explore their awareness, attitudes and experiences around cyber security.
The research found that charities often see cyber security as important. However, it “also flags the many barriers that charities face when it comes to engaging with the issue, including competing priorities for time and resources, and staff not necessarily equipped with the knowledge and skills to deal with the issue.”
The report concludes “There is a need for basic awareness raising among staff and trustees, and upskilling of those responsible for cyber security – so they know the basic technical controls they can put in place. It may also help to disseminate Government information and support via the organisations with which charities already have established relationships, such as the Charity Commission. Finally, making use of private sector expertise among trustees may also help individuals within charities to champion the issue.”