Cyber Insurance
for Charities

Protect your charity or non-profit from the consequences of a data breach or cyber attack with indemnification against cyber & data losses.

Cyber Insurance for Non-Profits and Charities

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Why Do Charities Need Cyber Insurance?

Charities are increasingly reliant on technology to manage operations, engage with supporters, and process donations. This greater digital presence, however, also exposes them to cyber threats. Cyber insurance is not just a commercial necessity; it's a protective measure for the altruistic sector.
Non-profit organisations and charities have a responsibility to safeguard their sensitive data. These organisations often handle personal information of donors, beneficiaries, and volunteers. A cyber breach not only risks compromising this sensitive data but can also erode the trust that supporters place in the charity. Cyber insurance plays a critical role in providing both protection and resources in the event of data breaches, ensuring that the charity can respond effectively and maintain its integrity.
The financial implications of a cyber attack can be particularly severe for charities. Many operate on tight budgets and cannot afford the unexpected costs associated with cyber incidents, such as system recovery, data loss, and potential legal ramifications. Cyber insurance offers a financial safety net, allowing charities to address these challenges without diverting funds from their core mission-driven activities.
Cyber insurance is about more than just financial compensation; it's about resilience. It provides charities with access to expert support in the aftermath of a cyber incident, helping them to not only recover but also to build stronger defences for the future. This support is invaluable in ensuring that charities can continue their important work with minimal disruption.

Cyber Threats to Charities

Charities, in their noble pursuit of helping others, often overlook the lurking dangers in the digital realm. However, the cyber threats facing them are real and varied, posing significant risks to their operations, reputation, and the trust of their supporters.
Phishing Attacks
These deceptive practices involve sending fraudulent emails or messages that mimic legitimate sources, aiming to steal sensitive information such as login credentials or financial details. Charities, with their broad donor and volunteer networks, are particularly attractive targets for such scams.
Ransomware Attacks
Hackers gain access to a charity’s system, encrypting their data and demanding a ransom for its release. Such attacks not only jeopardise sensitive data but can also disrupt the charity’s critical operations, from fundraising to service delivery.
Data Breaches
These occur when unauthorised individuals gain access to the organisation’s data. The consequences can be dire, ranging from the loss of donors' trust to legal repercussions, especially if the breach involves sensitive personal data.
Each of these threats underscores the need for robust cyber protection. Charities, often limited in resources and IT expertise, find themselves at a crossroads - needing to advance technologically while safeguarding their digital frontiers. Cyber insurance emerges as a key component in this battle, offering not just a safety net in the face of these threats but also a resource for better preparedness and resilience.

Consequences of Cyber Crime

In July 2019, a charity in Manchester fell victim to a sophisticated email/bank scam, resulting in the loss of nearly £100k. During an extension project, the charity received a fraudulent email, mimicking the building company's letterhead, requesting a change of bank details. The finance manager, unaware of the scam, transferred the next payment to the fraudulent account. This spear phishing attack led to significant financial loss, but having cyber insurance in place enabled the charity to be reimbursed for the lost funds within two weeks, preventing any delay in their building project​.

What Does Cyber Insurance Cover?

Breach Response

Any business holding personal information is at risk of a data breach, be it from an external cyber-attack to a simple employee error such as sharing a confidential document with the wrong party or losing a company device lick as laptop or USB stick.

Legal & Regulatory costs

From the costs of complying with a regulatory investigation following the loss of client data, such as the ICO or the payment card industry (PCI), to claims from third parties, legal and regulatory expenses can rapidly escalate following a cyber event. Our cyber policy is here to pick up these costs and provide you with the specialists in these legal areas to fully support and defend your business.

Business Interruption

Cyber induced business interruption can strike at any time and be very costly to a business or organisation. An interruption to the IT network or systems can quickly escalate into a threat to a business. From sophisticated external threats, such as ransomware or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a website, to simple operator error such as unplugging the wrong server or a system crash when updating.

Hacking & Cyber Extortion

If hackers gain access to your data or systems, a cyber insurance policy will pay to put right any damage, corruption or misuse of your computer systems or programmes that has occurred. The policy covers recovery of copied or stolen programmes and repairing data held electronically. Should the business suffer a ransomware attack or a denial of service (DoS) attack, the policy will look to provide a solution for the business.

Cyber Crime

Cover for common cyber attacks used by organised cyber criminals such as phishing, ransomware and malware. This includes electronic transfer of your funds as a result of a data breach breach or social engineering, including costs incurred should you suffer telephone hacking.

Data Restoration

Should a cyber or data incident occur it's normally vital to restore lost or corrupted data. This is an important process but expensive. Specialists assist you with trying to restore any lost data or fix systems damaged by a cyber attack.


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