Security

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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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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