Cyber security for charities part 8: Budget-friendly data protection tips

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Jonathan Chevallier, CEO, Charity Digital, explains how small charities can protect the personal data they hold.

According to a 2022 Third Sector / NCSC data security survey with 296 third sector professionals, fewer than half of charities (46%) use firewalls, only 34% have a clear process for reporting potential incidents and only 42% offer cyber security awareness training to staff. 

Does everyone in your charity understand what personal data the organisation holds, why it holds it and how long for? The more data you hold, the more risk you’ve got. But there are ways to help protect your data even if budgets are tight.

In this video, the final part in our eight-part cyber security series, Jonathan Chevallier, CEO, Charity Digital explains:

  • Why it’s so important for small charities like Charity Digital to keep personal data safe.
  • Top three budget-friendly cyber security measures.
  • What small charities should do if they experience a data breach.

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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