Smartdesc Newsletter: Charity Summer Social, email best practice & data protection training

Welcome to the Smartdesc May newsletter. In case you missed it in April’s edition, we have released our annual Charity Technology Leaders Report – click here to download. This month, we share our upcoming Charity Summer Social, advice on email best practice, cyber security and data protection training, our new Copilot briefing sessions, and more.…

Smartdesc Newsletter: Charity Tech Leaders Report 2024, cyber training & exciting events

Welcome to the Smartdesc April newsletter. This month, we are thrilled to present our 2024 Charity Technology Leaders Report, providing valuable IT insights in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, don’t miss out on the exciting events we have lined up with Microsoft and ServiceNow. Free charity IT resources Our 2024 Charity Technology Leaders Report is live!…

Charity Technology Leaders Report 2024

We are excited to publish our  Charity Technology Leaders Report 2024. From January to March 2024, we conducted our second annual survey of charity technology leaders to understand the sector’s priorities, risks, challenges and opportunities around IT. The report summarises the key findings for charity IT leaders, draws out the main themes and trends, and…

Data Protection for Charities – Demystified – 27 June 2024

Would you like to better understand charity data protection? Join us for the first in our exciting new series of Information Governance workshops, hosted at Microsoft London. Our first event, Data Protection for Charities – Demystified, will take place on Thursday 27 June 2024 at 10am. We provide a relaxed, safe space for questions, discussion,…

The PSTN Switch-Off: Future proof your telephony with Microsoft Teams

In the rapidly evolving landscape of telecommunications, there is a crucial date that charities should be aware of: the switch-off of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) in December 2025. This transition will mark a significant milestone in the journey towards fully digital communication infrastructures. After this date, all traditional copper phone lines will cease…

How to get Cyber Essentials certified

In 2023, the UK government published two reports that were important for the nonprofit sector – the NCSC’s Cyber Threat Report: UK Charity Sector, and the Cyber Security Breaches Survey. These reports share common themes around the importance of authentication, security updates, updating firewalls, and crucially, Cyber Essentials as a useful framework to help protect your…