On average, 33,000 malicious emails are blocked from accessing public sector systems every month and this is just one of the many different types of attack government and wider public service systems must defend against.
Whilst the level of threat will vary across local authorities they all possess information or infrastructure of interest to malicious cyber attackers.
Council employees can also be targets for criminal activity.
Across the country local government IT departments are working hard to reduce these threats every day and the support of senior officers and councillors is vital to ensuring the continued focus and profile of this work.
This guide is intended to help the non-technical reader understand the threats and what can be done to reduce their organisations’ vulnerability to security incidents and cyber-attacks.