12 Days of Techmas: Strengthening Charities Against Cyber Threats in 2024 (Part 2)

Discover our 2 part article series for charities, equipping them with essential cybersecurity strategies in 2024. From access controls to employee training, empower your organization to face digital threats confidently.

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  • 18-12-2023

Let's delve into part 2 of our cyber security series in our 12 Days of Techmas campaign, where every day we share resources, tips, insight and knowledge to strengthen your charity with digital solutions.

Even with strong cybersecurity measures in place, charities must be prepared to prevent attacks and efficiently manage any potential damage. Here's our part 2 guide on proactive steps to prevent attacks and strategies for effective damage control.

Conducting Regular Risk Assessments:

Regularly assessing and identifying potential risks is a proactive measure to prevent attacks. This includes evaluating the organization's systems, identifying vulnerabilities, and assessing the potential impact of a cybersecurity incident.

Creating an Incident Response Plan:

Having a well-defined incident response plan is crucial for efficiently managing and mitigating the impact of a cybersecurity incident. This plan should outline the steps to take in the event of a breach, including communication protocols, legal considerations, and actions to restore normal operations.

Monitoring and Detecting Anomalies:

Implementing continuous monitoring systems helps detect anomalies or unusual activities within the network. Early detection enables a swift response to potential threats before they escalate.

Regular Backups and Recovery Procedures:

Frequent data backups and well-defined recovery procedures are essential for minimizing the impact of a cyberattack. In the event of a data breach or ransomware attack, having recent backups ensures that the organization can restore its systems and data.

Engaging with Cybersecurity Experts:

Charities may consider seeking advice and support from cybersecurity experts. Engaging with professionals who specialize in nonprofit cybersecurity can provide valuable insights, guidance, and ongoing support to enhance the organization's security posture.

Building a Culture of Cybersecurity:

Promoting a culture of cybersecurity within the organization is crucial. This involves instilling a sense of responsibility for online security among all staff members, volunteers, and stakeholders. Regular training sessions, reminders, and updates on emerging threats contribute to a vigilant and informed team.

Collaborating with Peers and Sharing Threat Intelligence:

Building collaborations within the nonprofit sector and sharing threat intelligence can enhance the collective cybersecurity resilience of charities. Information-sharing networks can provide early warnings about emerging threats and best practices for prevention.

By combining proactive prevention strategies with effective damage control measures, charities can significantly reduce the risk of cyberattacks and safeguard their valuable assets and the trust of their donors and beneficiaries.

In summary, while preventing all cyber threats is challenging, proactive steps and a well-defined incident response plan are paramount for charities. Regular risk assessments, incident response planning, continuous monitoring, and engagement with cybersecurity experts contribute to a comprehensive defence strategy.

Emphasizing a culture of cybersecurity and collaborating with peers for information sharing further strengthens the sector's resilience.

By adopting these preventative measures and efficient damage control strategies, charities can fortify their cybersecurity posture and respond effectively in the face of evolving cyber threats.

Lucy Greewell

Lucy Greewell

Marketing Manager At Energise Technology

Lucy is passionate about writing about technology and third sector insight to help organisations meet the needs of stakeholders and end-users.

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