Cyber attacks

How does the London Borough of Bexley crack cyber security?

24/03/2020

Neil Gooding, information security manager, London Borough of Bexley explains how they are cracking the cyber security challenge.

Simple steps to improve cybersecurity

24/01/2020

Sameer Dixit argues security is a weak point in councils' armour and outlines ways local authorities can anticipate and plan for cyberattacks.

Councils hit by 800 cyber-attacks an hour

04/10/2019

Councils have been hit by at least 263 million cyber-attacks in the first half of this year - the equivalent of 800 every hour - new research has revealed.

The true potential of 5G for local government

07/08/2019

Iain Shearman warns councils not to overlook security concerns when embracing the next generation network.

Not all ethical hackers are equal

07/03/2019

Bas de Graaf provides advice on choosing the right partner to help you stay secure.

Council chiefs get £1.5m to ‘bolster’ cyber security

30/04/2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has been awarded £1.5m to help councils defend themselves against hackers and other cyber security threats.

Cyber security: challenging the old way of doing things

13/04/2018

Dan Davies explains why using a decentralised, peer-to-peer system could help councils protect sensitive data.

Belfast appoints resilience commissioner

10/04/2018

Belfast City Council has appointed a new commissioner to help the city prepare for any scenario that might prevent it from functioning properly.

Heading off danger

09/04/2018

The MJ turned to BT’s top cyber security experts, Mike Pannell and Neil Mellor, for comments on the findings on the latest reader survey. Their insight comes from decades of personal experience and BT’s expertise as a global network provider.

Meeting the cyber security threat: are you ready?

09/04/2018

With local authorities increasingly concerned about cyber security, The MJ and BT undertook a survey to gauge the level of preparation. Michael Burton reports on the key findings.

New appointment to help councils guard against cyber-attacks

14/03/2018

The appointment of an information security officer is set to help Scottish local authorities guard against the increasing risk of sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Councils recognised for ‘best’ cyber security

06/02/2018

Northumberland, Cardiff and Denbighshire councils have been named as three of the organisations best defending themselves from online scams.

Technology and the public sector 2018

15/01/2018

Jos Creese outlines some key technology trends councils should focus on in 2018.

Councils call for more funding to protect against cyber attacks

18/10/2017

Councils need more funding if they are to handle the rising number of cyber attacks, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Ensuring outsourced IT services are secure

16/10/2017

Lowri Phillips explains how councils can protect themselves from ransomware attacks, especially if they have outsourced IT functions.

Over 80% of councils leaving citizens exposed to ‘phishing attacks’, survey reveals

12/10/2017

Millions of citizens are exposed to the threat of phishing attacks, as new survey reveals 84% of local authorities in England lack adequate cyber defences.

Councils face ‘crisis in confidence’ over cyber-attacks

20/09/2017

Three-quarters of council departments have experienced a cyber-attack in the last year, with half falling victim to ransomware, new research has revealed.

Half of councils fail to have cyber attack strategy

13/09/2017

More than half of local authorities have no strategy to protect them against cyber attack, according to a survey by internet experts.

Majority of councils ‘unprepared’ for cyber attacks, survey reveals

29/06/2017

Only half of the UK’s local authorities are prepared for a cyber attack, new survey reveals.

Vigilance urged after cyber hack

18/05/2017

Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.

Hackers take over Aberdeen City Council’s website

30/01/2017

Aberdeen City Council’s website was hacked by ‘Team System Dz’ for nearly three hours on Saturday evening.

Devolution: what’s in store for local authorities in 2017?

16/01/2017

Will 2017 bring the same radical changes to local government we saw last year? Andrew Jepp investigates.

Two-thirds of London’s councils suffered recent security breaches

24/11/2016

Nearly two thirds (64%) of London’s councils have suffered ‘astonishing’ security breaches in recent years, an FoI request reveals.

Future-proofing technology

21/11/2016

Graham Ford argues that local councils should have at least a five-year strategy for their IT departments to help future-proof systems and services.

Local digital chiefs welcome Government’s cyber security strategy

02/11/2016

Whitehall’s National Cyber Security Strategy provides a ‘welcome boost’ to local government efforts to keep their operations secure, say digital chiefs.

Socitm announces Cyber Guide partnership

19/10/2016

The public sector is a key target for cyber criminals and ‘cannot rest on its laurels’, Socitm warns.

Pen testing: cyber security strategies for local authorities

19/09/2016

Penetration testing and why more local authorities see it as a key part of their cyber security strategy.

Defending local government

12/08/2016

With several local authorities recently falling victim to ransomware attacks, Guy Bunker outlines how council can ensure they are fully protected from cyber threats.

Cyber-attacks force councils to review security finds survey

12/07/2016

The majority (85%) of IT professionals in local government are reviewing their security considerations following recent high-profile cyber attacks, a new survey has revealed.

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