For the second year running, we have proudly partnered with Cyber Essentials Governance Body, The IASME Consortium to offer charities a discounted rate for a Cyber Essentials assessment. This scheme applies to Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus and takes place between 8th November and 5:00 PM on 12th November 2021.
Why is it important that Charities are Cyber Essentials Certified?
Charities are sitting on a treasure trove of data that cyber-criminals will be chomping at the bit to get their hands on. It is of paramount importance that charities keep their cyber security watertight to a level that a for-profit organisation would, if not excelling it.
Charities are responsible for the security of the details of their beneficiaries, supporters and volunteers. These details can be financial such as card or bank details, or they can be the personal details of an individual supported by the charity such as their name, address, phone number, where about etc. Any and all data should be treated with the utmost care and any responsible organisation should have practices and systems in place to keep data as secure as possible.
Cyber Essentials is a certificate achieved by an organisation for its ability to display its commitment to implementing and maintaining responsible cyber-security practices and procedures. The Cyber Essentials certificate provides confidence to any individual or organisation looking to interact with a charity that involves the transfer of personal, financial or business data, showing that that organisation can be trusted.
Charities are prime targets for cybercriminals. They're the goldilocks situation for any hacker with masses of data to exploit and most of the time with a neglected or under-funded IT infrastructure. Who can blame a charity for spending sparsely on operations to be able to put as much money into the organisation's mission?
We know that money given to a charity should be able to be directed to the beneficiaries as much as possible, that's why we have partnered with the IASME Consortium to provide a limited-time offer to UK Registered Charities for a discounted rate for a Cyber Essentials Certification. Usually standing at £300 for the assessment; we are offering the assessment at a reduced rate of £225 for the standard package and a reduced rate for those wanting a package including assistance with completing the assessment.
To claim this discount for your organisation please fill in the form on our page for the Charity Cyber Essentials promotion, or ring 01606 336265 and we will get back to you within the hour to further discuss your requirements and current situation.
The Modern Threats To Charities
As mentioned earlier in the blog, there is a very real threat to Charities in the modern era, with high quality data and money as the prize and limited IT security the barrier to a cyber-criminal's success, the appeal of charities for cyber-criminals cannot be understated.
There are many factors that make any organisation a target for criminals, profit bearing and those not-for-profit. A large factor that is seen most in NFP organisations is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). What a great idea, save money on expensive computers for users and get them to bring their own. Seems like a cost-effective measure with limited downsides when in fact it could be one of the biggest holes in an organisation's security. On a Government survey of 487 charities, 67% have reported that they have users that use their own device for organisation related dealings. This way of working is somewhat born out of necessity in the COVID environment providing users a way of working from home using their own kit.
Allowing BYOD without a proper BYOD policy can open the door for cyber-criminals with devices containing organisation data "in the wild" without the protection of company controls, and software controls, as well as physical access of them not being on an organisation's property.
BYOD is just one of the issues charities run into while they operate in a modern world of fundraising and providing their essential services to beneficiaries. We want to help those operations stay online and keep them protected from non-do-well-ers in cyber-space.
What Options Do Charities Have?
|Package A||Package B||Package C|
Cyber Essentials Assessment Only
Cyber Essentials Assessment and Basic Assistance
Cyber Essentials Assessment and Assistance Plus
|£225 exc. VAT||£320 exc. VAT||£POA|
|Assistance/ Advice||✘||✔ Basic||✔✔ Plus|
Who Is This For?
This discount is for any UK Registered Charity. All we need is your contact details and Registered Charity Number to get started. Start your journey to Cyber Essentials Certification today
It is easy to dismiss this opportunity as someone who does not work or have influence in a charity. If you support a charity, or know a person that works as part of a charity organisation this opportunity is for you. Contact who you know at the charity and let them know about this deal.
We Are Champions Of Charities
We are proud to be loud supporters of many charities, on a local and national scale. Our Share and Care initiative has raised more than £15,000 for charities up and down the country. Our Share and Care initiative has been in place since 2016, providing much needed funds to UK charities using a model of donating 50p to that month's charity of choice for every customer satisfaction feedback piece left by our brilliant customers on the closure of a ticket raised for our Service Desk team to deal with.
Whether good, bad or neutral, we believe that all feedback is good feedback. Not only do we donate for every response left, each response allows us to improve our service providing an ever-better service level to our customers.
2nd Line Engineer, Sarah with Service Desk Co-ordinator, John
How Do Organisations Claim The Discount
Fill in the form on our page for the Cyber Essentials promotion, or ring 01606 336265 and we will get back to you within the hour to further discuss your requirements and current situation.
- Charities are prime targets for cyber-criminals. Protecting them is critical to their sustainability in the modern era.
- A Cyber Essentials assessment and, depending on the outcome, a certificate provides any organisation with a mark of trust, commitment to security and ease of mind to any individual or organisation they interact with.
- Concise, alongside Cyber Essentials Governance Body, IASME is offering a discounted rate for a Cyber Essentials assessment for UK Registered Charities.
- Applications must be received during the week beginning 8th November and ending at 5 pm on 12th November 2021.
- Learn more about Cyber Essentials or our other Cyber Security Services
Fraser Baron-Moorhouse is Marketing Executive at Concise Technologies | Part of Air IT Group and has been with the company for over 6 years.