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Cyber support boost for Jersey charities

Security Officer Marcel Le Claire, Security Product Manager, David Salisbury, and Security Consultant, John Bridge

Three of JT’s senior security team have become the latest recruits to the Jersey Charitable Skills Pool (JCSP) and are calling on their industry colleagues in cyber security to join the growing number of expert volunteers offering their knowledge and advice to local charities.

The JCSP was set up earlier this year in response to the increasing need for charities, like businesses, to protect their systems and information against cyber attacks and potential data breaches.

JT’s Group Security Officer, Marcel Le Claire, Security Product Manager, David Salisbury, and Security Consultant, John Bridge, will be donating 30 hours of professional advice to local charities on a range of issues including, cyber security policy, procedures, risk assessment and testing.

Marcel said: “Charities are just as vulnerable as larger companies but very often don’t have the resources, time or finances to make the right investment to safeguard their systems and the data they hold. It can be difficult to know where to turn and hopefully by pooling our skills in this way from people across the industry, it will mean that our local charities are able to get some free expert advice that they so desperately need. We’re truly delighted to be in a position to be able to offer something back to our island.”

JCSP chairman Dave Cartwright said that he was delighted with the addition of qualified and experienced volunteers from JT: “Jersey has more than its fair share of world-class expertise in cybersecurity and communications, and we’re really encouraged by the calibre of the people who have made a time commitment to the JCSP and our community.

“Incidentally, the time commitment doesn’t have to be onerous. Any time that someone with the right skill set and knowledge can provide will make a real difference to a charity or NFP that would otherwise be struggling to find the right advice on a limited budget. The more experts and companies that commit just a few hours per year, the more resources the charities and other not-for-profits that support our community will have to draw on.”

The JCSP was founded by the Channel Islands Information Security Forum with the primary purpose of providing cybersecurity consultancy to charities, but it is hoped that the group will broaden its remit to other business areas and across the Channel Islands as a whole if the cybersecurity pilot is a success. Charities and not-for-profits can apply for time from the pool at http://www.jerseycsp.org.uk/.

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