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The charity sector, is like cat nip to a cyber criminal. Partly because of the amount of personal information they hold on trustees, board members, staff, donators, but also because of the financial stakes involved.
Cyber crime is an ever growing and evolving beast. As it continues to grow and cyber criminals become more savvy, they start to expand the sectors they attempt to infiltrate and cause as much damage as possible.
Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive, Charity Commission for England and Wales said:
“Charities are not immune to cyber crime. Perpetrators do not distinguish between their victims and charities are as likely to be targeted as private firms or the general public. The valuable funds, assets and good reputation of charities are at risk from the increasing threat of cyber crime. That is why everybody involved with charities – donors, volunteers, employees, professional advisers and, above all, trustees – have a role to play in protecting the charity sector from cyber related harm.”
Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre, said:
“Like businesses, charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology and are falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. Losing access to this technology, having funds stolen or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating, both financially and reputationally.”
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