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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Cyber resilience

Cyber resilience is about ensuring that your organisation is prepared for a cyber attack and can continue to operate when it happens. Cyber security is about protecting your IT systems and data to help ensure you are not a target of malicious cyber activity, reducing the risk of cyber attack.

Cyber resilience is just another part of overall business resilience which is about making sure that you have a plan in place to keep operating, even when things go wrong. As organisations move online, they are more vulnerable which can result in:

  • loss of service
  • people you work with/staff being put at risk
  • financial and reputational impact

Unfortunately the third sector is not exempt. The good news is that taking the first steps to improving your cyber resilience is easier than you might think. It can protect you against the most common threats and help ensure you are prepared to respond to cyber incidents, should they occur.

Focus areas  

The Scottish Government has produced advice and guidance for voluntary sector organisations as part of their Third Sector Action Plan, which focuses on: 

SCVO have recently appointed a Cyber Resilience Co-ordinator, who will work closely with Scottish Government to help develop this action plan and coordinate its implementation across Scotland’s voluntary sector. As these themes develop this page will be updated with new initiatives and opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Check the CyberScotland Partnership website for details of forthcoming training and events.

Next steps

For further advice and guidance:

A free self-assessment of your current cyber resilience to help you work out next steps: 

Information for board members to govern cyber risk more effectively

Non-technical workshop to test and practice cyber incident response

Supply chain security awareness 

Cyber Incident Response 

If you are currently experiencing a cyber incident see CyberScotland Responding to an Incident for up-to-date advice.  

Contact information

If you are interested in becoming more cyber resilient and want to discuss this with the SCVO Digital team, please contact us at

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