Ransomware threat – Alert from Charity Commission

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Article date
17 May 2017
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Charity Commission have issued good practice guidance following the recent ransomware attack that affected over 200,000 organisations world-wide, including the NHS.

How to protect your organisation from cyber crime:

  • install system updates on all devices as soon as they become available
  • install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated
  • create regular backups of your important/business critical files to a device that is not left connected to your network, as any malware infection could be spread to that too
  • do not meet any stated demands and pay a ransom – this may be requested via Bitcoins (a form of digital or ‘crypto’ currency)
  • beware of any unsolicited emails
  • any email address can be spoofed – do not open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for personal/charity information or financial details
  • the sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed – so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, continue to exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number

Organisations are encouraged to share this guidance with staff and volunteers

See here for the full guidance from the Charity Commission 

If you need any further advice or assistance around procedures within your organisation, please contact advice@rva.org.uk