Third Sector

Relevant information for Third Sector organisations

What is cyber resilience

Cyber resilience is about ensuring that your organisation is prepared for a cyber attack and can continue to operate when it happens.

Cyber security is about protecting your IT systems and data to help ensure you are not a target of malicious cyber activity, reducing the risk of cyber attack.

Why is it important within third sector

Cyber resilience is just another part of overall business resilience which is about making sure that you have a plan in place to keep operating, even when things go wrong. As organisations move online, they are more vulnerable which can result in:

  • loss of service
  • people you work with/staff being put at risk
  • financial and reputational impact

Unfortunately the third sector is not exempt, according to 2024 UK Cyber Security Breaches Survey almost one in three (32%) charities experienced some form of cyber security breach/attack in last twelve months. The good news is that taking the first steps to improving your cyber resilience is easier than you might think. There is lots of support out there to help you start to prioritise cyber risk, protect against the most common threats and ensure you are prepared to respond to cyber incidents when they inevitably occur.

What can third sector do

The Scottish Government has produced advice and guidance for voluntary sector organisations as part of their Third Sector Action Plan, which focuses on:

What are CyberScotland doing to support third sector

SCVO have appointed a Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator, who will work closely with Scottish Government through the CyberScotland partnership, to help coordinate implementation of the action plan across Scotland’s voluntary sector to support them in becoming more cyber resilient. They will be guided by a Third Sector Cyber Resilience Working Group, made up of a range of people from across the sector, who will help shape the development of the work programme to ensure it is impactful and relevant. As these themes develop this page will be updated with new initiatives and opportunities.

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DigiShift 82: What you can do to protect your organisation against cyber attacks – SCVO

SCVO will be discussing common cyber threats within the voluntary sector and what you can do, whatever your role or expertise to make things better.
This session will provide valuable insights and practical tips to help enhance your organisation’s cyber resilience, guided by two professionals in the field, and provide the chance for you to ask all your burning questions.

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DigiNext 2024: What does harnessing the power of digital look like in 2024?

On 19 September, SCVO will be bringing together over 100 digital pioneers in Glasgow to share inspiration and experiences, and to shape a new shared vision for using digital well in organisations. We’ll be celebrating wins, looking where organisations can go next with digital, and highlighting the steps we need to get there. 

Relevant News

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New collaboration aims to reduce cyber risk to third sector organisations in Scotland

To help support charities in addressing cyber risks, a Third Sector Cyber Resilience Working Group, made up of a range of people from across Scotland’s voluntary sector, has been established to shape and guide a programme of work aligned to Scottish Government’s Third Sector Cyber Resilience Action Plan.

Relevant Resources

Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool

The Cyber Essentials Readiness Tool helps you meet Cyber Essentials requirements. The tool includes questions related to the main Cyber Essentials criteria and provides tailored advice to prepare you for certification. This resources provides support with Cyber Essentials readiness and certification

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Small Charity Guide

The advice in the Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide will significantly increase your protection from the most common types of cyber crime. The five topics covered in the guidance are easy to understand, and are free or cost little to implement. 

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