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Cyber Security Week

By Lesley Sharkey

At C-Change we recognise that our greatest asset is our people: the people we work for, their families and our colleagues.

We are coming to the end of a very busy and successful Cyber Security week. There have been lots of thought-provoking and useful events led by organisations such as Lead Scotland, Police Scotland, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland, Scotland IS and many more. They have shared top tips to keep ourselves, and therefore in turn our organisations, safe.

People are our greatest asset but, in terms of cyber security they can also be our biggest risk. Not intentionally of course, but we are all busy or have gaps in our knowledge or understanding, perhaps not being aware of the risk of clicking on a link from what seems to be a genuine source at first glance. At the Cyber Resilience for the Third Sector Conference there were a few things which made me chuckle, (which at a conference looking at Cyber Resilience was no mean feat!)

Then there were other sessions which looked at organisational risk, the importance of having an up-to-date Cyber Incident Response plan and ensuring that we are as prepared as possible. We heard from organisations who were doing all the ‘right things’ and were still subject to a Cyber-attack, losing significant amounts of data and, effectively, needing to start again at square one.

A bit of a rollercoaster of a week: at some points there was a feeling that as an organisation we are doing well, that we have the all the necessary things in place to keep ourselves safe whilst at other points there was a feeling of the need to do more, to do better. There simply is no silver bullet, no tick box of things to have in place to be 100% sure.

The one thing to take away from this week is that it is not a case of IF a Cyber Attack will take place but WHEN and the more prepared, we are for such an event the better! I am grateful for the information sharing and learning that comes out of conferences like the Cyber Resilience for Third Sector one I attended this week. We will continue to invest in our greatest asset – our people and ensure we are doing our very best to continue to build our resilience as an organisation, hopefully becoming better, not bigger in line with our values.   

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