The Charities Security Forum (CSF) is a group of information security people working for charities and not-for-profits, addressing the security problems affecting the third sector.
Membership is free – there are no joining fees or membership dues – and the group meets regularly, usually in London, to discuss and share any of the issues and challenges facing our members. Between meetings there is a vibrant discussion group on LinkedIn offering an effective invitation-only group exclusively for CSF members.
From our initial meetings in 2007 our membership has grown to represent over 200 charities across the UK, and includes the USA and Switzerland. The membership of the CSF includes many of the household name charities you might expect – The Salvation Army, Cancer Research UK, Barnado’s, NSPCC, RSPCA, RNIB, Royal British Legion, OXFAM – plus some surprises – Sadler’s Wells, V&A, the Zoological Society of London, The Scout Association, National Trust, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
The objectives of the Charities Security Forum are –
- To promote Information Security in the charity sector
- To facilitate discussion and presentation on subjects of particular relevance to information security in the charity sector.
- To encourage the open and free debate of security matters between forum members, colleagues, and peers.
- To provide a voice for charity security professionals, both inwards facing to peers within the same sector, and outwards facing to related professions and or related sectors.
- To create an awareness of the Forum’s existence in associated media and provide a route to speaking engagements for our membership
- To represent information security professionals in the Charity sector.
- To publish subject and sector specific whitepapers.
- To create beneficial supply opportunities for Forum members.
- To organise and present social events.
Whether you are experienced or a newcomer, whether your charity covers the whole country or a local issue, you should join the Charities Security Forum.