But there is more work to be done. Recently, the ICO reported on advisory visits it had made to a number of charities and revealed several areas that required improvement.
According to the ICO, roughly half of the charities visited had failed to disable USB ports and DVD/CD drives on computers, leaving them open to the removal of data or uploading of malicious code.
A significant proportion of these organisations didn’t have minimum requirements for password complexity, nor did they enforce basic security principles, such as regular password changes. Over a third of the charities had no education programme in place for training their staff that handles personal data.
While it is hard for third sector organisations to devote time and money to data and IT security, they must prioritise it. Charities are the same as any other company when it comes to information security and the possibility of a cyber attack.
Through this survey, Third Sector Insight, together with Markel, wants to find out how your charity is protecting itself against or preparing for a cyber breach of security.
The survey will take no more than a few minutes of your time – and as a thank you, we will enter you into a prize draw for a 1st prize of a set of Virtual Reality goggles and a 2nd prize of £25 worth of John Lewis vouchers.
*In taking part in this survey you agree to our terms and conditions, to view these click here. Entries for the survey and prize draw close 31st May 2016.