GiveADay invites IT professionals to assist charities

IT and Data security professionals from different UK organisations have signed up to help charities such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Future First and Cancer Research with IT, Security and Data Privacy in the new GiveADay scheme to be launched on 9 October at IP EXPO Europe, including providing information on security and data protection.

GiveADay is inviting professionals to register to offer their skills to a charity, then they will be matched with a specific charity, based on that charity's requirements and help the charity increase their IT security. Volunteers include Andrzej Kawalec, CTO of HP who has also joined the GiveADay Advisory Board along with Edward Tucker, Head of Cyber Security, HMRC; Sarah Clarke; Brian Honan, BH Consulting; Neira Jones; Jason Shankaradasan, and Jason Waterman.

GiveADay founder Amar Singh said: “Charities are in a particularly vulnerable position – they hold a lot of sensitive data on both their services users and their donors. In addition, they are still subject to the same fines from the ICO as any other company and are subject to far more rigorous requirements to report a breach. The requirement to report breaches to the ICO results in disproportionate fines to the 'Third' sector plus the stigma of adverse publicity that can severely impact on operations and fundraising ability. We want to support charities to protect the vast quantities of sensitive data they hold with professional advice and training”.

Ian Chivers, director of finance and operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity said “Information security has always been and continues to be a big focus for us and the GiveADay movement sounds like a great way to achieve greater focus across the sector and collectively pool our knowledge and experience.”