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SCVO Releases Additional Cyber Security Vouchers to Third Sector

April 24 2019

Act now. Applications will not be accepted after 3rd May 2019.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has opened the door for another round of voucher applications in order to help Third Sector organisations in Scotland achieve the valuable, Government-backed Cyber Essentials Certificate.

The vouchers are essentially grants of up to £1,000 that allow Scottish Charities and Non-Profit organisations get expert assistance, tailored advice, assessment and their application submitted.

Why do you need to achieve the Cyber Essentials Standard?

By getting your organisation certified for the Government’s ‘Cyber Essentials’ scheme, you can protect yourself from the majority of cyber risks – 80% of them, in fact. At the same time, you’re advertising to customers and stakeholders your proactive approach to security & your diligence in meeting this IT Security standard.

Grant McGregor’s Guided Cyber Essentials Service will aid you in navigating the whole certification process to virtually guarantee you a first-time Cyber Essentials pass.

The scheme has proven very popular and we’ve already helped many organisations in all sectors, achieve this important first step towards better IT security. We have even worked with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator with their certification.

As we’re a Trusted Partner of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, you can be sure you’re getting the best available advice.

The SCVO contacted us directly, requesting that we help spread awareness. Further details are available from them HERE.

The SCVO criteria is below.

To meet the application criteria;

• You should clearly describe how accreditation will benefit your organisation and service users.

• You should provide evidence of how you are already taking steps towards the baseline actions within the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Small Charities Guide.

• Organisations must have a contracted IT supplier or dedicated in-house IT staff.

• The maximum annual income threshold to receive grant for Cyber Essentials accreditation is £4 million. Organisations with a higher income will be considered for Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.

• Organisations must have Cyber Essentials accreditation in place to apply for Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.

• Applications to renew a pre-existing Cyber Essentials accreditation are not eligible for funding.

• Third Sector Cyber Catalysts are not eligible to apply.

• The deadline for this grant round is Friday 3 May at 5pm

Whether you outsource your IT to another provider, have in-house IT, we can help.

If you are not sure of meeting the criteria or have any questions, as an officially recognised Certifying Body, Grant McGregor are best placed to offer all the help and guidance you need – all aimed specifically at your organisation and how you work.

Find out how you could now do this and claim the £1000 cost of assistance back under the scheme.

Call us on 0808 164 4142 or email info@grantmcgregor.co.uk. You can also contact us HERE.

Your enquiry costs nothing and don’t delay as the 3rd May 2019 deadline is fast approaching.

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