Cyber security month: time to raise awareness

1 Oct 2021 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 3 Dec 2021

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and an opportunity for individuals and organisations to improve their cyber security knowledge, understand the online threats they face and the steps that can be taken to reduce risks.

The events of the past 18 months - the move to remote working, pressures of fundraising and service delivery during lockdown, have undoubtedly pushed cyber security from the agenda. But with such an accelerated pace of digital transformation and the reliance on digital going forward, brings huge challenges for the sector and now is the time to ensure your staff and board have the knowledge and resources needed to keep your charity safe online.

The NI Cyber Security Centre have put together an extensive programme of events during October and while the events are open to everyone, a selection of events are particularly focused on the voluntary and community sector and small business.

View the events and book your place below:

Date & time Charity focused webinars Registration link

Monday 4 October – 10am to 11am

Cyber Awareness for VCSE organisations

Charities cover a huge range of organisations and often do not have the budget of large organisations to spend on cyber security.

Cyber security might seem like a daunting challenge for your organisation, but it doesn’t have to be. Every organisation can start improving their online security by taking six actions, tailored for the SME & charity community, that are both practical and affordable to implement.

Register here

Monday 11 October – 11am to 12pm

Security for Boards, Board Toolkit 

An introduction to NCSC’s Board Toolkit. Cyber Security can be an intimidating topic to approach as a board member, or as someone who needs to talk to the board about it. The Board Toolkit provides resources to help manage these interactions.

Register here

Monday 18 October – 10am to 11am

Ransomware the Other Side of Response

Ransomware is one of the most pressing cyber security threats for organisations of all sizes. It involves a type of malicious software that makes your computer or the data stored on it unusable until the victim makes a payment.

Join the NCSC for an overview of ransomware and how you can mitigate the risks.

Register here

Monday 25 October – 10am to 11am

Cyber Insurance

In a world where cyber threats are varied and constantly changing, cyber insurance can help your organisation to get back on its feet, should something cyber-related go wrong. But cyber insurance can be difficult for organisations to navigate.

In this session, we’ll cover some topics your organisation should consider when taking out a cyber insurance policy to help you make an informed decision.

Register here

Other events, open to all:

Date & time Webinar Registration link

Tuesday 5 October
- 10am to 11.30am

Cloud Basics Register here

Wednesday 6 October
- 10am to 11.30am

Protecting Assets Register here

Thursday 7 October
- 10am to 11am

Cyber Awareness for individuals Register here

Friday 8 October
- 2.30pm to 4pm

The CISO toolkit  Register here

Tuesday 12 October
- 10am

Developing Cloud Strategy Register here

Friday 15 October
- 10am to 10.45am

Augmenting Defence In Depth With Zero Trust Methodologies Register here

Tuesday 19 October
- 10am

Top Threats CCM and 14 Principles Register here

Wednesday 20 October
- 10am

DevSecOps Register here

Tuesday 26 October
- 10am to 11.30am

CIRP and BCP Register here

Wednesday 27 October
- 10am

Developing BISOs Register here

Friday 29 October
- 10am to 11.30am

Faster Recovery Techniques Register here


You can find out more about Cyber Month Events 2021 on the NI Cyber Security Centre's website along with advice and guidance for your organisation.'s picture
by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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