Charities to be asked to take part in major cyber security survey

The government is to contact charities from next month to find out more how they have been impacted by cyber criminals.

The government has asked Ipsos MORI to survey charities, as well as businesses and schools from October 2021 to February 2022.

The findings of the Cyber Security Breaches Survey will be published by the government “in early 2022” and taking part is confidential.

The Charity Commission as well as Confederation of British Industry, the Association of British Insurers and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales are endorsing the survey.

Last year’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey revealed that more than a quarter of charities had fallen victim to a cyber-attack over the previous year.

Larger charities, which carried out more of their work online, were more likely to be targeted. Attacks were cited by more than half (51%) of high-income charities.

Last year’s survey also looked at how the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted on cyber security and the risks charities and other organisations face.

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