Preventing and detecting fraud, and improving cybersecurity.
Fraud and cybercrime represent a real and present risk to INGOs. They divert funds away from INGO missions and pose significant reputational and compliance risks.
It is estimated that fraud costs the charity sector as a whole £2.3bn a year, and frauds are becoming more complex, more credible and less easy to prevent and detect, whether originating in the UK or in other countries. It is estimated that about 70% of all fraud is now committed online. Fraud and cybercrime can affect any part of an INGO’s operations, including its fundraising activities, funds, data and other assets. New types of fraud and cybercrime develop rapidly and it is important to maintain awareness and vigilance of the ways in which the organisation can be attacked.
INGOs need an effective policy, process and controls to prevent fraud and cybercrime, as well as a strong anti-fraud culture across the whole organisation, not just in finance. Fraud response policies and procedures are also required for immediate, effective and focused action when fraud or cybercrime is suspected or detected.
We will consider the trends in fraud and cybercrime affecting the INGO sector, and explore how policy, process and culture can be developed to improve the prevention and detection of fraud and cybercrime. We will also consider how to respond effectively when fraud or attempted fraud is detected.
We will hear from:
- Tim Boyes-Watson, Chair, Humentum
- Richard Evans, Partner in Crowe UK’s risk and assurance practice for non-profits, on the emerging trends and developments in fraud and cybercrime affecting our sector
- Pascale Nicholls, Head of Central Finance at Amnesty International, on developing and implementing Amnesty’s fraud resilience strategy, and dealing with fraud
- Kevin Antao, chief information officer at Amnesty International, on its approach to improving its cybersecurity
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