February 21st 2019
Potential Data Incident
On the evening of Wednesday 20th February 2019, Rural Aid was made aware that our website may have some vulnerabilities, which could result in some farmer’s information, such as names and telephone numbers, being exposed. Rural Aid takes the information security and data privacy of all our stakeholders, including farmers, sponsors and community very seriously. We also believe in the importance of being transparent with our farmers and the community.
Within 24 hours of Rural Aid becoming aware of a potential risk, we acted swiftly to investigate the matter and that initial investigation discovered no evidence that any information was accessed, downloaded or stolen.
Rural Aid is, however, taking proactive precautionary measures and has engaged independent external Cybersecurity specialists to assist in further investigating this matter. Should it transpire that any sensitive information was compromised, we will update you as soon as practicable. Rural Aid will also be undertaking an independent external review of our Information Security and Cybersecurity posture, to identify what can be done to enhance our Information Security and Cybersecurity resilience.
Should you have any concerns relating to this matter, please contact our Head of Corporate Relations Richard Forbes firstname.lastname@example.org