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Volume: 3 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

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The DCMS’s latest study on UK charities’ cyber security and what it tells us about the ‘third sector’

Cyber security presents an interesting conundrum for charities. While the world has its share of large, commercially sophisticated charities, many still operate with limited finances and a voluntary workforce. In this environment spending time and money on cyber security may seem a luxury many cannot afford. However, given that charities often hold highly sensitive information, deliver critical services and rely heavily on public trust, cyber security is a risk that can have catastrophic consequences and one that should not be ignored. Hans Allnutt and Joseph Fitzgerald, of DAC Beachcroft, assess The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (‘DCMS’) recently undertaken qualitative study, ‘Cyber security among charities: findings from qualitative research’(‘the DCMS Study’), to gain insight into how charities view cyber security, and in particular how their views differ from traditional business.

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