Charities impacted by data breach

Brendoncare was recently notified by software supplier Blackbaud of a data security incident impacting a number of UK institutions, predominantly universities and charities. Blackbaud provide and support our fundraising database.

Blackbaud was subjected to a ransomware attack, which they discovered and stopped. However, prior to blocking the attackers, it appears that a copy of a data file was taken containing personal information relating to our donors and those of the other impacted organisations.

Subsequent investigations by Blackbaud, along with independent forensic experts and law enforcement organisations, have provided reassurance that the data has now been destroyed, and that there is no reason to believe it went beyond the cyber-criminal, or was misused in any way. Blackbaud has since implemented several changes which will protect data from any further potential incidents, and these measures have been rigorously tested by multiple third parties.

This data incident has only affected our fundraising database and where personal data has been compromised in such a way that it might cause risk to the person(s) in question, we have directly contacted them individually.

The safety of our supporters’ data is of the utmost importance to us. As soon as we were informed of this incident, we notified the Information Commissioners’ Office and the Charity Commission of the breach.

More information about the incident is available on Blackbaud’s website here.

If you have any concerns or questions about the incident, please contact a member of the team on 01962 852133 or email supporters@brendoncare.org.uk