Mark Whitehead 13 September 2017

Half of councils fail to have cyber attack strategy

Half of councils fail to have cyber attack strategy image

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

Digital Health Intelligence said 58% of 281 English local authorities responding to freedom of information requests had no strategy even though a fifth had suffered a cyber attack in the previous 12 months.

Tara Athanasiou, director of intelligence at Digital Health said: 'Our research highlights a significant absence of cyber strategies in many local authorities.

'This will be a real concern for the citizens that use and trust public services with their data, more so after the high profile WannaCry ransomware attacks targeted at the NHS.'

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