Cyber security for charities part 7: How can organisations protect their data?

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In this video, Richard Bartlett from the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts explains the steps the medium-sized charity has taken to protect its personal data.

Donors and large funders give money to charities based on their trust in the causes they choose to support, so it’s essential that their personal data is kept safe. If a charity did experience a cyber attack and expose the identifiable information of its supporters, it would be likely to face serious financial and reputational issues.

However, many charities do not take necessary steps to improve their cyber security until they hear of an attack on one of their competitors, or experience a data breach themselves.

In this video, we learn how the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has taken a proactive approach to addressing the growing cyber threat and discover the range of protections that other charities can put in place themselves.

Richard Bartlett, strategic lead information security at RSWT, explains:

  • The basic steps small and large charities can take to protect its data.

  • Why building an incident response plan is so important.

  • The advanced technology RSWT is using to prevent cyber attacks.

To find out more about how to protect your charity's personal data please visit

This video was produced by Third Sector Insight in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre.

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Cyber security for charities: Insights and guidance

Not everyone is working for the greater good: cyber criminals are targeting charities. We're seen as data-heavy and vulnerable. That's why Third Sector, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, has collated advice, insight and guidance to help you take simple steps to staying more secure, so you can better and more easily understand the risks and prepare appropriately. 

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