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Business as Usual: Leicester council’s ‘streetlight’ cyber-attack

17/05/2024

Leicester CC’s response to a recent cyber-attack was an example of an effective business continuity plan, says Billy Ruston, Protection Group International.

New centre to protect Welsh councils from cyber attacks

13/05/2024

The Welsh Government has established a security operations centre (SOC) dedicated to protecting local authorities from cyber attacks.

LocalGov elections: Being vigilant ahead of the local elections

24/04/2024

Ahead of the local elections next month, Owen Prendeville, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), offers tips for protecting against cyber attacks.

Confidential info published by hackers

05/04/2024

Confidential documents stolen during a cyber attack last month have been published online, a Leicester City Council spokesperson has confirmed.

Council chiefs receive cyber espionage warnings

04/04/2024

Council chiefs have been warned their email accounts, phones and computers will ‘almost certainly’ be targets for ‘cyber espionage’ before elections.

LGA calls for powers to withhold members’ address

03/04/2024

Council leaders have repeated their call for legislation enabling councils to withhold councillors' home addresses amid fears of abuse and intimidation.

City council hit by Cyber attack

11/03/2024

IT and phone systems at Leicester City Council remain shut down this week following a cyber incident

LGA welcomes new police support for councillors

29/02/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has welcomed news that councillors will for the first time have a named police contact to help with security issues.

Lack of AI policies could have 'catastrophic consequences'

28/02/2024

More than three out of four UK councils do not have usage policies for artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, according to FOI data.

Kent councils hit by cyber incidents

19/01/2024

Canterbury City Council and Dover and Thanet district councils have all issued reports of cyber incidents.

Tackling cyber vulnerabilities

08/01/2024

James Young, CTO at Cantium Business Solutions, discusses how vulnerability management can play an important part in managing cyber security risk.

Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections

21/12/2023

Ministers have written to councils to warn of attempted foreign interference in next year’s elections.

LGA responds to councillor’s ceasefire email

21/11/2023

The LGA has spoken out after a councillor threatened to name locally elected members who did not sign up to support a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

Warning of polling day disruption to services

17/11/2023

Frontline council services could be disrupted during elections as staff are drafted in to run polling stations and conduct counts, chief executives warn.

Protestors remove Israeli flag from Sheffield town hall

11/10/2023

Sheffield City Council has said it will carry out a full review after protesters removed the Israeli flag and hoisted a Palestinian flag in its place.

Council hit by suspected ransomware attack

25/08/2023

St Helens Borough Council has put in place extra security measures after a suspected ransomware attack on its IT systems and networks.

Local authorities and the AI revolution

24/08/2023

Stephen Almond, Information Commissioner’s Office, discusses what councils have to consider when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI).

Cyber-attack hit Electoral Commission

08/08/2023

Information held by the Electoral Commission was accessed by 'hostile actors,' the watchdog has revealed.

How social housing professionals can combat cyber-attacks

07/08/2023

How can the sector’s IT professionals safeguard their tech stacks? John Blackburn, Central Networks, outlines some crucial steps to implement.

Russian hackers accessed private data, council says

08/06/2023

Gloucester City Council has warned residents that some personal information may have been stolen by Russian hackers.

Councils wait for Capita reassurance

02/06/2023

Unhappy councils are seeking assurances from revenues and benefits software supplier Capita there will be no more data breaches after a number of incidents.

Abuse victims ‘exposed to risk’ due to funding issues

24/05/2023

Funding to tackle violence against women and girls in London is fragmented, complex and difficult to understand, according to a new report.

List of councils impacted by Capita data breach grows

19/05/2023

The number of local authorities impacted by Capita’s most recent data breach has risen to five.

Councils to take ‘swift’ action after data breach

17/05/2023

Local authorities say they are taking action to deal with a data breach by the revenues and benefits software supplier, Capita.

Why adverse media checks are vital to prevent fraud

16/05/2023

When councils consider sanctions screening, it’s important for them to carry out automated adverse media checks, argues Barley Laing, UK MD, Melissa.

Guide to protect ‘smart cities’ from hackers published

16/05/2023

The Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology (DSIT) has published a new guide to help councils keep ‘smart cities’ safe from cyber threats.

Majority of senior managers admit outdated cybersecurity

04/05/2023

Almost two thirds of senior managers in councils across the UK admit that their cybersecurity approach is outdated.

Councils disclose 1,500 data breaches

19/04/2023

UK councils have disclosed almost 1,500 data breaches in a year, according to a survey.

New North Yorkshire Council bans TikTok

13/04/2023

North Yorkshire Council has banned the use of TikTok on council devices due to digital security concerns.

Plan to improve care sector’s cyber resilience unveiled

22/03/2023

The Government has unveiled plans to protect the NHS and the social care sector against cyberattacks.

Planning for safer Coronation celebrations

27/02/2023

Iain Moran, MD of Crowdguard, discusses the importance of considering safety when planning local events and street parties for the Coronation Weekend.

Kent councils drop CCTV company over genocide accusation

21/02/2023

A number of local authorities in Kent have decided to stop using CCTV made by a company whose technology is allegedly linked to the Uyghur genocide in China.

How local councils can bolster cyber resiliency

16/02/2023

Rick Jones, CEO and co-founder of DigitalXRAID, discusses how councils can go beyond IT Health Checks to proactively strengthen their security posture.

Combatting data theft

10/02/2023

Government has issued ‘Data Retention’ advice following an increase in ransomware attacks. AJ Thompson, Northdoor plc, explains how councils can protect data.

Councils still vulnerable to online attacks, MPs told

06/02/2023

Councils must get together with insurers to work out how to protect themselves against the risk of cyber attacks, a leading security expert has warned.

Anti-terror duty must be funded, council chiefs say

20/12/2022

Government must ensure enough funding is made available to councils to respond to the ‘significant resource’ requirements of new anti-terrorism legislation.

Three metrics councils should be measuring to improve website reliability

12/12/2022

Gav Winter, CEO of RapidSpike, believes everyone has the right to a reliable online experience, and outlines how councils can provide a great user experience.

Councils among top five offenders for data breaches

23/11/2022

Local authorities are one of the top offenders for data breaches across the UK, a new analysis has revealed.

Protecting councils from phishing attacks

13/09/2022

With 10,000 cyberattacks hitting UK councils every day, AJ Thompson, CCO at Northdoor plc, argues more needs to be done to protect public data.

Making local councils more cyber-secure

09/09/2022

Rick Goud, CIO and co-founder of Zivver, discusses how local authorities can improve their cyber security.

Ransomware attacks against councils quadruples

24/08/2022

Ransomware attacks on local authorities have quadrupled over the last year, new research reveals.

Luton council victim of £1.1m cyber crime

16/08/2022

Luton council was the victim of a ‘highly sophisticated and organised crime group’ that stole £1.1m that had been earmarked for a school, investigation finds.

Council set to install £1.75m anti-terror bollards

15/08/2022

The City of York Council’s Executive will this week decide whether to approve plans to install permanent anti-terrorism protection measures in the city centre.

Councils rethink £30m of Gazprom spending

03/03/2022

Councils are reconsidering the multi-million pound contracts they have with the state-owned Russian gas company Gazprom in light of Russia’s Ukraine invasion.

Council forced to close down buildings following threat to staff

15/12/2021

Middlesbrough Council was forced to lock down its buildings and facilities for three hours yesterday in response to a 'specific threat' made against staff.

Council installs security to protect suspected Banksy

20/08/2021

A district council has installed extra security around some graffiti that is thought to be a Banksy.

New measures to protect public spaces from terror attacks

24/02/2020

Councils could be required to protect public spaces from terror attacks under new proposals announced by the Government.

Manchester to implement Martyn’s Law

08/01/2020

Manchester City Council is set to Martyn’s Law to improve security at all public venues.

Nearly £300,000 paid to member of public due to typing error

15/10/2019

A council has added a new checking procedure to its finance system after an error led to a member of the public being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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.

Yorkshire council targeted by pro-Assange hackers

17/04/2019

Barnsley Council’s website has been attacked as part of a campaign to free Julian Assange.

Handling telephone payments – is your council compliant?

13/03/2019

Geoff Forsyth outlines his top five tips to help councils take incoming payments securely.

Council officer fined nearly £700 for data breach

28/02/2019

A former council officer has been fined hundreds of pounds after he emailed confidential information to his partner to help her in a job interview.

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

30/11/2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments.

Nearly half of English councils using unsupported server software

24/08/2018

Nearly half of councils in England are still using unsupported server software, according to new research.

Council warns financial details of 6,000 people have been hacked

09/08/2018

The financial details of up to 6,000 people have been illegally accessed, a London council has warned.

‘Whole-society' approach to tackle extremism, Burnham says

31/07/2018

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has called for a 'whole-society' approach to tackle rising levels of extremism.

Councils take key Prevent strategy role

30/05/2018

Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, The MJ has learned.

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.

Keeping the public safe in 2018

16/03/2018

What can councils learn from last year to help improve public security? Gavin Hepburn reports.

Watch the highlights of a recent roundtable event

23/02/2018

A panel of experts from BT, DCMS and local government had plenty to discuss at our recent roundtable event. Watch the highlights – and find out how our own security initiatives have real impact on the organisations we work with.

Councils face 19 million cyber-attacks a year

20/02/2018

Councils have been subject to over 98 million cyber-attacks in the past five years, a new investigation has revealed today.

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.

IT managers view data security as ‘biggest priority’

21/12/2017

The majority of senior IT managers working in the public sector view data and system security as their ‘biggest priority’, new research reveals.

Safeguarding the public at Christmas markets

14/11/2017

Gavin Hepburn explores what measures councils can implement to safeguard the festive markets.

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.

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.

Voter ID pilot launched in local elections

18/09/2017

Voters in five local authorities will have to prove who they are before they can cast their vote in council elections next May, the Government has announced.

Anti-radicalisation programme accused of Islamophobia

30/08/2017

The Government has criticised a report into its controversial anti-radicalisation programme for spreading what it describes as ‘falsehoods’ and ‘myths’.

Council fined due to security risk of ‘flawed’ parking ticket system

18/08/2017

Islington Council has received a £70,000 fine after an investigation found it failed to secure the personal details of up to 89,000 people on its parking ticket system.

Council installs security measures to stop ‘unauthorised incursions’ on land

15/08/2017

Reading Council has announced it will be undertaking work to install security measures to prevent ‘unauthorised incursions’ on public land.

Cyber security must be managed and understood at all levels

26/05/2017

For councils it is not a question of if they are threatened by a cyber attack, but when that attack will happen. Doncaster MBC chief exec Jo Miller explains.

Hackers promise end to parking tickets on council Twitter

03/05/2017

A council has apologised after local hackers took control of their Twitter account and promised to end council tax and parking tickets.

Councils vulnerable to cyber attacks due to low IT security spend, finds research

26/10/2016

Councils spend eight times more on health and safety training than on IT security and data protection courses combined, new research reveals.

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.

Councils report 14% more security breaches in past year

01/09/2016

The local government sector reported 202 security breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the past 12 months, an increase of 14% from the year before.

Improving the safety of mobile technology

24/08/2016

Has BYOD and mobile technology become secure enough for local government use? Peter Merkulov reports.

'Hardcore' protestors force council to review security

09/08/2016

A London council has been forced to review its security and access arrangements after council staff and councillors were subject to aggression and abuse from protestors.

Hackers: Fake or real?

02/08/2016

Could you spot a fake hacker? Adrian Crawley explains why it’s time that those in local councils did.

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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