Vertical Structure delivers cyber security clinics to the Community & Voluntary Sector

We partnered with NICVA to help its members stay cyber safe

Written by: David Henderson on Jun 15, 2022


NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, is a membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. With over a thousand members - ranging from household name charities to grass roots community groups - it offers a wide range of practical services, products and support to its members to help them do what they do best - find innovative solutions for social challenges.

NICVA and Vertical Structure recently partnered to deliver one-hour cyber security clinics for NICVA members. Participants got practical advice on how to improve their cyber security practice.

Cyber Security is a key risk for organisations of all sizes and unfortunately our sector is a target too. The cyber clinics have been really useful in increasing organisations’ knowledge of cyber security and has helped them to know what steps to take to prevent data breaches and follow best practice. We are delighted to partner with The Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre and Vertical Structure to provide the cyber security clinics as a proactive measure.

Sandra Bailie, Head of Organisational Development at NICVA.

Over the hour we discussed the pressing cyber security issues for the organisation. We then followed up with a tailored and appropriate action plan so people knew what to do and how to go about doing it, without feeling overwhelmed.

Tom Shields, Information Security Consultant at Vertical Structure

PIPS Hope & Support was one of the NICVA members who availed of the cyber security clinics. It delivers Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support Services, Counselling and Therapies & Training and education programmes across Southern Trust area and throughout Northern Ireland

Our staff are focused on delivering a service, and raising the vital funds to support it. We don’t have the luxury of having cyber security expertise inhouse. The clinic and follow up action plan was invaluable. A ransomware attack, could potentially affect our operations and be costly to recover from. We’re now confident that we have started to protect ourselves more effectively against potential incidents and will continue to try and refine our approach to cyber security.

Seamus, Founder & Chief Executive of PIPS Hope & Support

The exercise also provided NICVA with an overview of the cyber readiness and resilience of its members. Sandra commented, “This snapshot and the insights the overall report gives us will provide invaluable when NICVA is applying for funding for initiatives and programmes, so we can continue to support the sector.

There are still some slots left for the clinics during June, if you are interested please book soon as they will not be available after this date!

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If you are a membership organisation and would like to discuss running cyber security clinics for your members, please get in touch at [email protected].

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