Few areas of Cyber crime are as reprehensible as extortion on Charities, yet 2020 has once again seen a rise in attacks, where 1 in 4 UK charities were attacked or breached by a Cyber-attack within the calendar year. This number rises for high income charities with 1 in 2 reporting a cyber incident in the last annum.

The impact of a Cyber Attack on a charity can be devastating. The ramifications can be costly including donor and corporate loss of confidence, negative PR, remediation costs and increased insurance costings.

Over 80% of all Cyber crime is as the result of human interaction within the process, usually consisting of an unsuspecting user clicking a malicious link, through a compromised attachment or as the victim of social engineering. Lockdown Cyber Security believe the best way of reducing Charity Cybercrime is through effective training and simulations in combination with the right technology, security, and processes in place. Our All Staff Security Awareness eLearning solution has been proven to reduce the human click rate by 27%.

The criminals will not stop. And it’s about time that we stopped being charitable to Cyber Criminals.

"Charities hold and process very sensitive data. This can comprise donor data, staff data and in the case of Severn Hospice, patient data. A leak of sensitive data or a ransom ware attack could cause serious damage to Severn Hospice in respect of reputational impact, fines and the ability to continue to provide services. As an FD with the responsibility for managing the IT department, one of my top priorities therefore is to ensure the organisation maintains its ongoing resilience to ever more widespread and sophisticated cyber threats. To do this proactively requires working with the right business partners who can educate, support and advise you. Severn Hospice is now working with Lockdown Cyber Security on a range of cyber topics especially staff educational material and technical tools. The people at the company are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful and I am very pleased they are now supporting Severn Hospice on its cyber journey. I would highly recommend."

Kerry Davies
Director of Finance and IT at Severn Hospice

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