Cyber Security Seminars – VAST, Prompt PC & Staffordshire Police


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YOUR charity is being targeted by cybercriminals right now! 

But why would anyone steal from a charity? Because cyber criminals don’t care whose money they take and charities look like an easy target.

There are over 200,000 registered charities in the UK, with a combined income of around £48bn (and that’s not including CIC’s, CIO’s and community groups). Regardless of the size of your organisation, hackers still want to steal your information.

Second only to terrorism in terms of threat to the UK, cyber-crime is no longer something that can be overlooked, brushed under the carpet or simply something to look in to when you can “get around to it”. Charities need to address their digital security, and they need to do it now!

Over the past year, more than 6 in 10 large charities were victims of cyber-attacks or breaches, and 43% of small charities (<£500k pa income) were found to have NO cyber-security or risk management measures in place whatsoever. *

What would happen if your charity was to fall victim to a cyber-attack? What if your website was down? Or your donors’ details were stolen? Not only would this impact your reputation (who wants to donate to a charity that can’t secure card or bank details?) but your charity would be unable to operate; losing donations and valuable time and money trying to recover and/or repair the damage to your systems. Not to mention a possible fine from the ICO.

So how will your charity cope when it happens to you? You might know, you might think you know. Or you might be thinking “absolutely no idea”.

This is why, in partnership with Prompt PC and Staffordshire Police, VAST are offering a FREE seminar on cyber-security.

We’ll be joined by Prompt PC’s Andrew Eardley and Staffordshire Digital PCSO Matt Hough-Clewes, in Stoke to guide you through the cyber-crime minefield.

During the session you will develop a 16-step practical plan and information on how to access free police approved training to protect your charity. Funding information will also be available to help cover the cost of replacing server machines and guidance on how you can improve security and functionality by moving your systems over to the cloud for free.

These sessions are free for charities and not-for-profit groups, but places are limited so booking is essential.

Stoke on Trent Event: Wednesday 15th May, 09:30 – 14:00, The Dudson Centre

Click here to book your place in Stoke

* Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 from DCMS, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute & University of Portsmouth