Cyber crime involves attacks on or through computer systems and networks. Charities need to be vigilant and make sure appropriate defences are in place which includes raising awareness with their Trustee’s, staff and volunteers. The UK Government Cyber security breaches survey identified over 80% of charities had been subject to some form of attack in 2018.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a useful guide on how to protect from cyber crimes. It also explains how charities can become accredited under the government Cyber Essentials Scheme.
Trustee’s need to be satisfied that their charity has appropriate systems and processes in place to mitigate the risk or effects of such attacks.