Welcome to the Smartdesc January newsletter. We are NCVO-approved IT experts specialising in the charity sector, enabling nonprofits to achieve more with technology and modern ways of working.
This month we focus on how charities can be more cyber secure and offer the following resources:
- A framework on how to prepare should you ever experience a ransomware attack
- Cyber Security and Data Protection e-Learning
- Further resources from the NCSC and Global Cyber Alliance
- What would you do if your charity fell victim to a ransomware attack? In this blog, we provide a 10-step Cyber Incident Report process to help you prepare, in the hope that you’ll never need to implement it for real: 10-Step Ransomware Incident Response Plan.
- Finally a solution to track that all your colleagues have received cyber security awareness training – an easy way to tick that one off the list. Find out more here:
Cyber Security Training.
- Cyber Essentials is a fantastic government-backed certification for any organisation. We help many charities achieve the accreditation; read how we helped ACEVO get certified here.
- The NCSC have produced a great jargon-free guide on ransomware and how to protect against it: A guide to ransomware.
- The non-profit organisation Global Cyber Alliance has a complete toolkit for organisations to help reduce cyber risk in 6 steps – GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit For Small Business.
- Email is the number one risk to most charities. DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance) is a simple and effective tool to prevent email spoofing. Smartdesc provide DMARC as a low-cost and proactive service:
- Something to be aware of (although not related to security) is the upcoming 9% price increase from Microsoft from 1 April, impacting Microsoft 365 and Azure. Speak to us to find out how you can protect against it. Consistent global pricing for the Microsoft Cloud.
Smartdesc’s sole focus is nonprofit organisations, which includes charities, social enterprises and NGOs. We are Microsoft Solution Partners for Modern Work and Infrastructure, as well as Cyber Essentials Assessors, and are approved as trusted suppliers to the sector by both the NCVO and ACEVO.
We help charities align to best practice, optimise their ICT estate, improve their Cyber Security posture, and train their staff. Speak to us today to find out how we can help consolidate, secure and optimise technology within your organisation.