Laura Sharman 06 August 2020

Cyber attack cost council more than £10m

A ransomware attack in February cost Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council more than £10m, a new report has revealed.

The council has estimated the cyber attack has cost it £10.14m and has been working with the Government on receiving financial support.

The report states: 'In terms of our response to the cyber-attack, the council acted quickly and effectively, working extremely hard to mitigate the effects on our key services and most vulnerable residents.

'However, the attack did permeate almost all functions of the council, and the required response and consequential impacts will have a bearing on the council’s finances.'

Since the cyber attack, the council has put itself on the list of pilot authorities to enrol on a a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) scheme. It said this will mean its cyber defences will be 'for more advanced' than most other local authorities.

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