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    04 Feb 2021
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Is your supply chain your charities' biggest threat?

What do you do when your cloud service provider loses your data?

There has been the usual roll call of big-name Data Breaches in 2020, Easyjet, Marriott, and of course Twitter and Zoom all suffered at the hands of Cyber Attackers. One of the most significant for small businesses and particularly charities was Blackbaud, the cloud vendor of Raiser’s Edge; a service used by hundreds of UK charities to manage their fundraising activities. This one breach put at risk the data held by at least 125 organisations, including the National Trust, Sue Ryder and dozens of Universities.

Cloud service providers are not only vulnerable to cyber-attack, they are extremely attractive to cyber criminals. They host huge amounts of data and their business model requires constant availability. Blackbaud, a US company, actually paid the ransom demanded of it by the cyber criminals. Attacks like this are extremely frustrating for the leaders of small businesses and charities, who are seeking to reduce the need for in-house IT and cyber support, and move IT services and therefore security increasingly into the cloud.

When you are considering moving services into the cloud, or moving between providers what should you consider?

Find out more in issue three of our 'Digital in the Third Sector' guide here.

Would you like to know more?

If you have any queries regarding what we cover in our guide, please get in touch with your usual contact or email charities@azets.co.uk.

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Fraser Nicol

Partner and National Head of Technology Consultancy Glasgow City
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