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Charities and small businesses have access to a free-learning package that will boost their ability to defend against threats posed by online criminals. The training, Cyber Security for Small Organisations and Charities, guides you through actions you should take to reduce cyber-attack risks.

Additionally, the cyber security training is also for sole traders and the voluntary sector. The advice should help small organisations identify any problems in their online framework. Advice is also given to help them act to strengthen them, looking at five areas:

  • Backing up data correctly.
  • Protecting against malware.
  • Keeping the devices used by staff secure.
  • How to create strong passwords.
  • Defending an organisation against phishing.

For more information, you can also visit: New Top Tips for staff – charities small business – NCSC.GOV.UK

Top 30 common cyber vulnerabilities listed in a joint advisory document

Cyber security agencies from the UK, US and Australia have released a joint advisory detailing where organisations have been most exploited in 2020 and 2021. According to the advisory, hackers continue to exploit weak points in devices and software. In this way, it’s been ruled that four of the most targeted weak points in the last year affected:

  • remote work
  • virtual private networks (VPNs)
  • cloud-based tech

In particular, many VPN gateway devices remained unpatched during 2020. This is despite the growth of remote work options during the past year. In 2021, cyber actors continue to target weak points in a number of devices. Additionally, this document lists suppliers, products, and common vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. The document also outlines detection methods and provides recommended ways to tackle threats.

Read the guidance on the top 30 routinely exploited vulnerabilities