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Less Than 1% Of UK Charities Are Protected Against Email Fraud

Fewer than 1% of UK charities are adequately protected against the risks of being targeted by fraudulent emails and phishing attacks, according to the findings of a new report published by platform-as-a-service provider Red Sift.

The organisation analysed more than 78,000 email domains of UK charities to establish how many of them implement email authentication protocols to protect their organisations and their donors from cyber-attacks. Overall, under 1% of them have implemented email authentication with DMARC – Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance.

The Top 100 Charities showed a slight increase in adoption (5%), however, none were blocking unauthorised email. The finding follows the recent publication of a UK Government report which found that fraudulent emails (72%) and phishing attacks (27%) were amongst the most common types of breaches suffered by UK businesses, further highlighting the huge risks posed to the £70bn UK charity sector and the 67% of the UK population who engage with it.

Rahul Powar, Red Sift CEO, commented: “Fraudulent emails and phishing attacks pose a serious risk to businesses and the data that they hold. As such it is very concerning that UK charities, that make huge social and economic contributions despite often working with limited resources, are so exposed to these potentially hugely damaging attacks.”

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here


Sandwell Together Against Hate

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

The Sandwell Together Against Hate campaign promotes different ways people can report incidents, which can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether they are face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

You can report incidents by phone or online – or at many centres in the community that have been trained to deal with reports. Organisations in Sandwell are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to hate crime and working closely together to support victims.

A hate crime is an incident that is motivated by prejudice, where someone is targeted because of personal characteristics such as disability, gender identity, race, religion/faith or sexual orientation.

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Sandwell Together Against Hate – please report all incidents

Safety chiefs in Sandwell are urging people to report all hate crimes so victims can receive the support they need.

The Sandwell Together Against Hate campaign promotes different ways people can report incidents, which can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether they are face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

You can report incidents by phone or online – or at many centres in the community that have been trained to deal with reports.

Organisations in Sandwell are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to hate crime and working closely together to support victims.

A hate crime is an incident that is motivated by prejudice, where someone is targeted because of personal characteristics such as disability, gender identity, race, religion/faith or sexual orientation.

Don’t be a victim of hate just because of who you are, what you look like, what you wear, what you believe, or who you love. Report it!

  • Police (non-emergencies): 101
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
  • Sandwell Council: 0121 368 1166

To report incidents to the council online, or for the list of current centres where you can report, go to our hate crime webpage.

You can also report hate crime at True Vision.

If you or your family are in immediate danger, call police on 999.

You can read the FULL article, and see the Community Venues that are trained to deal with hate crime, by visiting: 

https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/news/article/4276/sandwell_together_against_hate_-_please_report_all_incidents


Microsoft Releases Updates for Older Windows Versions Following Wannacry Attacks

Microsoft has issued a number of security updates for its Windows XP operating system to help users protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

The move has been heralded as good news for those charities still using the older operating system.

Windows XP was targeted by the much-publicised WannaCry ransomware attack last month. At least 75,000 computers in 99 countries were affected by the malware, which encrypts a computer before demanding a ransom and unlocking it.

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014, but the software giant is now taking the unprecedented move of including it in the company’s security updates this week.

“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber-attacks by government organisations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organisations,” Adrienne Hall, head of Microsoft’s Cyber Defense Operations Center, wrote in a blog.

“To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows. Due to the elevated risk for destructive cyber-attacks at this time, we made the decision to take this action because applying these updates provides further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCry.”

For more technical information and links to related articles, visit the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

Source: Charity Digital News

 


West Midlands Police – Offender Management Referral Pathways

Nosheen Khan is the Pathways Coordinator at West Bromwich Police Station Offender Management Team. The majority of crime is committed by a small proportion of the community. It is the job of the Offender Management Team to work with offenders to support them away from their criminal lifestyle by looking at the pathways to offending, which are:

1) Accommodation
Having nowhere to live, sofa surfing or living in the wrong location.

2) Education, employment and training
Occupying time with positive activity and accessing employment opportunities.

3) Health
Physical and mental health support.

4) Drugs and Alcohol support
Rehab and support away from this lifestyle.

5) Finance and debt
Support through benefit support, debt management.

6) Children and families
Family support with access to children, where appropriate.

7) Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
Changing the way the person is thinking and going through processes like Restorative Justice.

Women offenders need to be supported with:

8) Domestic abuse
Is she a victim? Does she need support through civil injunctions? Advice and support.

9) Sexual health
Has sexual abuse taken place and is medical and/or mental health support required.

Nosheen’s role is to build a database of local support organisations that can support offenders in their rehabilitation, by making local referrals to these organisations for the officers.

If you can support this work please contact Nosheen at West Bromwich Police Station on 101 Ext. 8811 3230, or email nosheen.khan@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

 

 


Great Get Together in Sandwell

Scenic Sandwell Valley Country Park is hosting a Great Get Together on Saturday 17 June, as part of nationwide events to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP. People from all walks of life are being invited to celebrate the things that unite them and champion being good neighbours from 16-18 June, a year on from Jo’s murder.

Jo lived her life spreading her belief that we have more in common than divides us, and charity Near Neighbours has joined with Jo’s family and the Jo Cox Foundation to invite people to hold Great Get Together events in their community. Sandwell’s Great Get Together will be held at the paddock area near Sandwell Park Farm, on Saturday 17 June from 11 am to 12 noon.

Guest speakers will talk about Jo and what she meant to them as well as inviting people to celebrate her values together.
People can get crafty with a competition to decorate a pot and plant it with seeds to take home or give it to a neighbour. Prizes will be awarded at 12 noon for the pots that best display the Love Your Neighbour message. People are also invited to stay on for a bring-your-own picnic.

Sandwell’s Great Get Together is being co-ordinated by the Love Your Neighbour team, which includes Near Neighbours, Sandwell Churches’ Link, the Faithful Friends project and Sandwell Council. Laura Nott, director of Sandwell Churches’ Link, said: “Sandwell is at its best when our diverse communities, of all faiths and none, come together to celebrate those values we share. “Sandwell Valley Park is a lovely setting for our Great Get Together, where we can enjoy being with old and new friends to listen, talk, create and eat together. Everyone is welcome – let’s make it a really special day.”

A Great Get Together bring and share picnic is also being held at Lightwoods Park, Bearwood, on Sunday 18 June from 12 noon until 3pm. This has been organised by Crafty Muthas and the Bearwood Pantry, together with other local groups. Everyone is welcome. Meet by the grassed area in front of Lightwoods House.

Follow the #GreatGetTogether and #LoveYourNeighbour on Twitter.


Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.  Everyone is welcome at the vigil in Oldbury Civic Square outside Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, tomorrow, Thursday 25 May, from 7 pm to 8 pm.

People can bring candles and tributes if they wish, and there will be an opportunity to sign a Sandwell letter of solidarity that will be sent to Manchester.

Should you need more information, please contact gary_bowman@sandwell.gov.uk.

#WeStandTogether


Near Neighbours – The Great Get Together

Will you join the Great Get Together?

Near Neighbours is a charity that has been bringing people together in diverse areas across the country since 2011. That we have more in common than divides us is at the core of what we do. By hosting a Great Get Together with Near Neighbours you can join a movement of people across the country that have been celebrating our diversity for years.

We have joined with the Jo Cox Foundation to invite you to hold a Great Get Together in your community. Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the Great Get Together is encouraging people to host street parties across the country to celebrate all that we have in common with our neighbours.

In that spirit, her family and friends are inviting people across the country to mark the anniversary of her murder by organising or attending a celebration in their community on 16-18 June 2017.

Archbishop Justin has commended the Great Get Together and is encouraging groups to get involved through Near Neighbours, a programme that has been bringing people together in this vein since 2011. This is Archbishop Justin’s message to you:

“I encourage you whole heartedly to host a Great Get Together in your community and to do so in partnership with Near Neighbours, whose inspiring work has enabled local communities across the country to work and live together effectively.”

Could you bring your neighbourhood together to celebrate a Great Get Together? Find out more here or to register click here.


Great Bridge Alcohol Outreach Campaign

On 3, 4 & 5 May, 12 noon to 3 pm, James Wareham, Community Alcohol Awareness Officer for Tipton and Wednesbury, will be teaming up with colleagues from across Sandwell Council for the “Let’s Talk Alcohol in Sandwell” campaign on the High Street, Great Bridge.

Contributors include Glyn Parton: Neighbourhood Co-ordinator (West Bromwich), Nik J Wooldridge: Town Lead ASB Officer (Prevention), Katy Anderson: ASB Officer and Mark Bowhay: Senior Street Warden. Lydia Dunne: Project Manager, Community Alcohol Project, Children & Young Peoples Services will be also there, together with Sergeant David Rogers, Police Constable Claire Hankinson and Constable Angela Francis all from Tipton Police. Swanswell, the commissioned alcohol recovery service, will be delivering outreach from Great Bridge Library.

As part of the Public Health campaign, the contributors have created the “You Booze You Lose” three day drive which is aimed at engaging with street drinkers who have been the cause of some issues within Great Bridge. These issues have resulted in a number of incidents and complaints from local residents and shop owners. Swanswell will be working with street drinkers who have declared that they need help and will be attempting to set up each of them on a recovery plan.

An organised litter pick will also be taking place to help tackle the issue of alcohol related waste, as well as engaging with local members of the community.

Nash Dom CIC, the Eastern European and Russian speaking community support group, will participate on all three days. They offer independent, confidential and impartial advice on rights and responsibilities in a number of different European languages to reach out to the street drinkers whose first language is not English.


Identifying How Best to Support Victims in the West Midlands

 The University of Leicester, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands, would like to invite you to share your expectations of hate crime support services in the West Midlands by completing a questionnaire.

Alongside this survey they are also conducting interviews. If you would like to tell them more about your ideas for how support services for hate crime victims could be improved, please fill in your contact details at the end of this questionnaire.

Who should complete the questionnaire?
Anyone aged 16 or over who live in the West Midlands.

What will the results of the survey be used for?
The findings from this research will help to develop new and improved support services for hate crime victims in the West Midlands.

All of the information included within the survey will be treated in the strictest confidence and stored securely by the research team.

Access the survey here.


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