Charity Fraud Awareness Week is an opportunity to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your charity from cyber criminals
Cub Llewelyn-Davies, Charity Sector Lead from the National Cyber Security Centre, introduces Charity fraud Awareness Week and examines what place it has within the wider framework of charity cyber security
This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week. This is an opportunity to review your cyber security systems and protocol to ensure that your organisation remains protected.
In this article, experts from the NCSC offer support guidance on the threats that charity staff need to be aware of, and how to deal with them.
The NCSC is committed to helping charities defend themselves against cyber criminals who are preying on fears of the coronavirus.
Charity Fraud Awareness Week is a great time to promote some of the things you can do to keep yourself safe online and remind everyone that by working together we can beat the scammers and cheats.
While we have not seen an increase in the overall number of scams, we are seeing a higher proportion that use fake coronavirus services and products as a lure. Criminals may contact you by email, text message or phone call, and use the current situation to try and trick you. So the NCSC has published free guidance to help individuals spot these kinds of phishing threats and deal with them.
Earlier this week, the NCSC took part in an instructive webinar entitled ‘Beyond COVID-19: Keeping your charity safe from fraud’, which is now available to view online on the Charity Fraud Awareness Hub – another great resource where you can access short tutorials, on-demand webinars and help sheets to help beat fraudsters.
The NCSC was joined on the webinar by colleagues from the Charity Commission, Fraud Advisory Panel, Charity Finance Group, Cancer Research UK, and the Small Charities Coalition to provide a broader view of the threats facing the sector.
The webinar explored what the risk landscape might look like in the next 6–12 months from a range of perspectives and outlined some of the big issues that charities should think about how to prepare. Some of the key take-away messages include:
Guidance on how to mitigate the threats from phishing and ransomware can be found on our website.
Fraudsters will try to pressurise you into taking decision that are not in your best interests or those of your colleagues and organisations. The NCSC encourages you to be fraud aware, take time to check and in doing so you will help keep your charity safe
Learn more about how you can prevent fraud affecting our organisation with expert-led charity guidance from the NCSC