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27th April 2022

Down Syndrome Charity Stepping Stones DS in Fleet, Hampshire has teamed up with cyber security training company Psybersafe, who is providing its online training free of charge to help the charity stay one step ahead of the hackers.

Psybersafe specialises in providing behaviour changing online cyber security training rooted in human psychology.  It is designed to change the way people think and act when it comes to keeping themselves safe online.  The training is currently being used by thousands of people around the world but Stepping Stones DS will be the first charity to use it.

Psybersafe training is also being used at Hook Junior School in Hampshire to help keep staff, pupils and parents safe. The school’s business manager Chris Grant, was very keen to adopt the online training and has already reported back to say that the staff have enjoyed the training sessions and found them both accessible and enjoyable.  Psybersafe runs a special schools discount programme which means that for  every 100 paid licences, Psybersafe gives away 1 free one. 

Mark Brown, Founder of Psybersafe says:

“We’re delighted to be working with both these organisations.  Stepping Stones DS is a wonderful small charity providing an extended family of support that helps young people with Down syndrome fulfil their potential by providing opportunities to be social, have fun and learn.  We’re honoured to be able to support them by providing our cyber security training programme for free to the team and the board of Stepping Stones DS.  We’re also very happy to be able to work with Chris and the staff at Hook Junior School to create a safer environment for staff, pupils and parents alike” 

Mark is a cybersecurity expert and trained behavioural scientist and he has used these skills to design a training programme rooted in psychology to keep hackers at bay.  He is keen to help organisations with limited budgets who may not have access to the tools that large organisations use to keep themselves safe.

Alex Brewer, Stepping Stones DS CEO said: “We are well aware of the cyber risks to small charities and are pleased to be working with Psybersafe to learn in their unique and fun way about how to better protect our IT systems.”