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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

LGA welcomes new police support for councillors


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'


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


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

Tackling cyber vulnerabilities


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


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

LGA responds to councillor’s ceasefire email


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


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


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


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


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

Cyber-attack hit Electoral Commission


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

How social housing professionals can combat cyber-attacks


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


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

Councils wait for Capita reassurance


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


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


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


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


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


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


Almost two thirds of senior managers in councils across the UK admit that their cybersecurity approach is outdated.

Councils disclose 1,500 data breaches


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

New North Yorkshire Council bans TikTok


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


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

Planning for safer Coronation celebrations


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Protecting councils from phishing attacks


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


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

Ransomware attacks against councils quadruples


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

Luton council victim of £1.1m cyber crime


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


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


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


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


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


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

Manchester to implement Martyn’s Law


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


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


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


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

Handling telephone payments – is your council compliant?


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

Council officer fined nearly £700 for data breach


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


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


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


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


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

Councils take key Prevent strategy role


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

Heading off danger


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?


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


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

Watch the highlights of a recent roundtable event


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


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


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’


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


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

Councils call for more funding to protect against cyber attacks


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

'Hardcore' protestors force council to review security


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?


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


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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