Risk, Compliance, Data Protection & Security

Risk, Compliance, Data Protection & Security

The challenge

The threats to the security of personal data, financial resources and day to day operations are no longer the concern of only big business and government departments. Perhaps they never were. In any event, charities, membership bodies, campaigning organisations and even grant-making trusts now face real existential risks as a result of global developments in hacking, phishing and ransomware. The not-for-profit sector is as much a target as any – but many managers and staff are still unaware of the problem, never mind the steps needed to protect what are arguably the organisation’s most precious – and vulnerable – resources.

The challenge
How we can help

How we can help

The information security team at Adapta has been working in the sector for many years, helping charities and others put the right compliance and protection measures in place. We are closely familiar with the compliance requirements of the current UK data protection act as well as with the other, related, legal and statutory standards. Our team of consultants brings that knowledge – combined with practical experience of what is appropriate and achievable in the sector – to the particular challenges facing your organisation.

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What we will deliver

We take a structured approach to risk evaluation and mitigation. We begin by carrying out a thorough information security or data protection review to identify how well your information systems, business processes and staff awareness comply with current data protection legislation and best practice in information security management. We document our findings and recommendations in a report which:

  • Summarises our assessment of your current arrangements
  • Identifies any areas of non-conformance with the legal, statutory or best practice standards
  • Sets out the recommended actions to improve conformance, and the resilience of the systems and processes involved

Following discussion and prioritisation of the findings in the report, we can offer to help implement the organisational or other changes to address any short-comings. Our support in this stage can be purely advisory – or we can provide consultants to draft documents, deliver training or, where required, manage a complete change programme for you.

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Our credentials

Our consultants are familiar with the broad cross-section of disciplines involved in risk management – we include specialists in data protection but also in broader information security management, financial control, and business process improvement. Our approach ensures that you benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience and you can be confident that the key risk areas in your organisation will be identified and addressed.

Our credentials

What our clients say

, Rebecca Pritchard
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Rebecca Pritchard
Former Director of Operations, Crisis

"Adapta have been honest and realistic with us throughout. They are clear where they can add value and where we can do things on our own – so it feels like a partnership..."

, James Kliffen
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James Kliffen
Head of Fundraising, MSF UK

"You have had a huge influence in our fundraising, and I would enthusiastically recommend you to other charities (and often have)..."

, Phil Durbin
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Phil Durbin
Former Head of Corporate Systems, Salvation Army

"Unlike many consultants, Adapta won’t tell you what you expect to hear. They will be very honest and challenging and, even if some of what they say is uncomfortable to hear, it means you end up getting better advice."

, Dawn Varley
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Dawn Varley
Operations & Strategy Director, Badger Trust

"I knew I could task them with my problem, and leave them to undertake the work in a professional yet friendly way, bringing their expertise and experience to the project…"

, Iain McSeveney
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Iain McSeveney
Finance Director, Medical Aid for Palestinians

"I’m very pleased with the professional way that Adapta managed the project for the selection of MAP’s new accounting software. It was obvious that they have great experience in the charity sector and on the range of suitable accounting software currently on the market..."

, Rachel Rand
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Rachel Rand
Strategic Director - Finance and Corporate Services, NCB

"I would not embark on any IT project without first meeting with Adapta to understand how they feel they could support me. I have found their guidance and practical support invaluable…"

, Rosalba Leonelli
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Rosalba Leonelli
Head of Finance, Client Earth

"Thank you to you and your team for developing and facilitating an excellent workshop. You fully understood our needs which were evident in the workshop structure and content…"


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