Midlands based IT company ACUTEC were delighted to sponsor the Heritage Trust Network’s annual conference in October.
The conference, held over two days at the Custard Factory, was an opportunity for professionals working for heritage trusts to network and discuss strategic direction as well as gain practical advice and support. The theme of the event was Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Projects and celebrated the success of heritage projects over the past year.
ACUTEC sponsored the event and had the opportunity to exhibit and talk to delegates about the impact that IT can have on charities and non-profit organisations. ACUTEC work with a range of clients in this sector including major theatres, heritage sites and charities such as Heart of England Mencap and Age UK.
The event offered several workshops to its delegates to provide best practice advice specific to the sector. ACUTEC’s Infrastructure Manager, Urfaan Azhar, hosted a cyber security workshop where he simulated a live hack and discussed how cybercrime is targeting charities and non-profits. The discussion highlighted cases such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, whose website was hacked in 2012 by an anti-abortion campaigner resulting in the personal details of its clients being stolen and a £200,000 fine for a data breach from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Urfaan said: ‘There is this belief that charities will not be targets but that is not the case. There is an assumption from hackers that they do not invest in adequate security, making them prime targets. Charities and non-profits need to make sure, the same as any other organisation, that they are taking the appropriate precautions.’
ACUTEC have dedicated themselves this year to tackling the issue of cybercrime in businesses as well as non-profit organisations. The company asks that anyone with cyber security concerns to please get in touch for peace of mind.