Cyber Essentials for Charities

The Blackbaud data breach of June 2020 lead to the information from 120 charities and education organisations being leaked, with the National Trust among them.

The Government's latest Cyber Security Breach Survey has shown that more than a quarter of charities, 26%, experienced a cyber attack or security breach in 2019.

It's therefore crucial cyber security is treated as a high priority for your charity, with a key focus on becoming Cyber Essentials certified.

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Why Should Charities Get Cyber Essentials Certified?

Like all businesses, your charity will have a database including financial and personal information about your members along with other essential details which are of interest and monetary value to cyber criminals.

With the Cyber Essentials Certification, you’ll also be eligible to bid for various government contracts that include handling personal and sensitive data or the provision of technical products and services.

Redpalm are proud to be members of the EMCRC, the East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre, a network and collaboration of universities, businesses and 5 East Midlands police forces.

By working with a Trusted Partner of EMCRC and booking in for our Cyber Essentials Certification, you can benefit from:

  • Reassuring your charity members that you’re committed to cyber security and working towards protecting your IT environment from potential cyber threats.
  • Gain more business with the assurance that you’ve got best-in-class security practices in place.
  • Have a clear understanding of your charity’s existing cyber security level.

You should be aware that your database is vulnerable to common cyber attacks and losing it could be devastating both for your reputation and for the funding you receive. However, there are many charities (specifically smaller ones) that haven’t realised this and don’t consider themselves as potential targets.

With cyber criminals rapidly evolving their tactics, it is important to ensure that you leverage the best practices to keep potential threats at bay. That’s where our Charity Cyber Security can make all the difference!

At Redpalm, we work with charities like yours to ensure that you’re better-armed to face any cyber security challenges that come your way. As one of the Trusted Tier 1 Partners for EMCRC, we also offer Cyber Essentials Certification to help you protect your charity from common cyber threats and demonstrate your commitment to cyber security.

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What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a simple yet effective government-backed scheme, which is specifically designed to protect your charity from cyber attacks.

There are 2 levels of certification - Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. In this program, we’ll be focusing only on Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is an independently verified self assessment that helps charities to evaluate themselves against 5 basic security controls.

  • Firewalls
  • Secure configuration
  • User access control
  • Malware protection
  • Patch management

It’s important for charities to become Cyber Essentials certified because otherwise, your vulnerability to common cyber attacks could make you the focal point for unwanted attention from cyber criminals.

This certification will also demonstrate how you address basic attacks and protect your charity from digital threats. 

At Redpalm, our Cyber Essentials Certification provides your organisation with protection against different types of cyber threats. It also gives you peace of mind that you’ve got all the security measures in place. 

With this Certification, you can easily mitigate as many attacks as possible that are particularly aimed at charities with minimal or zero Cyber Essentials technical controls.

Our Cyber Essentials Certification process has been carefully designed so that it’s light-weight and easy for you to follow.

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What's at stake?

Not getting your charity Cyber Essentials certified will not only weaken your cyber security but could also expose your organisation to a wide range of cyber attacks.

Some of the common cyber threats that you could face are:

  • Email Spoofing – Cyber criminals leverage the “spoofing” technique to get hold of your email address and contact your customers, leading to phishing attempts or identity theft.
  • Compromised Credentials – Cyber attackers use malicious attacks or brute force on your cloud-based services which could lead to a data breach.
  • Ransomware – Attachments disguised as “normal files” are shared with your users, which when opened can erase business-critical information, potentially meaning several days of downtime.

However, by signing up for the Cyber Essentials Certification program, you not only have the tools and training to guard your charity against possible cyber attacks, but you may also be eligible for cyber liability insurance.

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Redpalm for Your Cyber Essentials Certification

If you don’t have the required IT background to carry out the Cyber Essentials self assessment, then get in touch with us.

At Redpalm, we have a team of trained and qualified Cyber Essentials specialists who can assist you in understanding the self-assessment questions, how the certification relates to your charity and what steps need to be taken to get yourself the Cyber Essentials Certification.

As an IASME Certification Body, our team have passed the relevant assessments and exams to be able to offer consulting services to help you achieve your certification.

To get your charity Cyber Essentials certified, book your free review with us today!

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