Technology offers huge benefits and opportunities for the voluntary and community sector from transforming the way an organisation manages its operations to enabling delivery of more efficient and effective services. We offer support and guidance on accessing free and low cost technology and computer security. For more information visit our ICT hub.

Changes to Microsoft software donation programme

22 Feb 2022Stephen Gray ICTTechnology, cyber security

Microsoft are ending their donation programme for on-premises licenses on 25 March 2022.  Charities using on-premise Microsoft software should take action before then to maximise donated licenses.

The Digital Divide in Northern Ireland: Horizon scan of digital policies

26 Jan 2022Déarbhla Sloan Policy & Public AffairsDigital Access, digital, Technology, digital divide, digital poverty, digital strategies, digital policies

The aim of this article is to provide an overview of current policies and initiatives aimed at closing the digital divide in Northern Ireland. The article also provides a synopsis of digital priorities within the political arena.

Still using Windows 7? Here's what you need to know

17 Jan 2020Bob Harper ICT, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)Windows, Technology, cyber security

Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft, which leaves its use open to cyber security risks. Upgrading is important to do.

Stop the sale of the .org registry!

6 Dec 2019Bob Harper ICTTechnology, Campaigning, Web

NICVA is supporting the campaign. Here's why.

Top 30 Technologies for Northern Ireland Charities

29 Apr 2015Ian Kelly ICTTechnology

Consider your organisation’s digital strategy. Include your staff as to where they think your digital compass should be pointing. Align any improvements with your strategic goals and you have a path to a secure digital future.

Tips for Tablet Security

5 Nov 2014Ian Kelly ICTTechnology, security

Mobile computing use and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is becoming more popular in the workplace, here are some basic tips to secure and protect your data at minimal cost.

NICVA gets Superconnected

25 Jul 2014Ian Kelly ICTTechnology

NICVA have recently taken advantage of the Belfast City Council ‘Superconnected Cities’ scheme along with Atlas Communications, allowing for a £3000 grant towards the installation of a new high speed data connection.

Computer Security - The Basics

13 Jun 2014Ian Kelly ICTTechnology

What you need to know about GameoverZeus, Cryptolocker and the mysterious two week deadline to protect yourself from a major cyber-threat, issued by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

Are Your Passwords Secure?

10 Apr 2014Ian Kelly ICTTechnology

With internet security vulnerabilities, malicious software and hacking on the increase, the security of our personal information and exactly what information is being held on us, is being thrown into the spotlight once again.

Free and Low Cost Technology Event

2 Dec 2013Ian Kelly ICT, CommunicationsTechnology

On 29 November NICVA held an event to highlight the availability of free and low cost technology to our members.