Mel PoluckEditorFriday 15 September 2017

More than half of local authorities open to cyber attack

Freedom of Information requests reveal majority of local authorities do not have a cyber security strategy.

Almost 60% of local authorities do not have a strategy in place to protect them from cyber attacks, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.

The research, by Digital Health Intelligence, was based on enquiries to 281 English local authorities via Freedom of Information requests made between February and June 2017.

Enquiries found that some 58% of local authorities have not made plans to mitigate or protect their systems in the case of a cyber attack. However, one fifth of local authorities have suffered an attack in the last 12 months. 

Earlier this year, the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport launched the Cyber Security Breaches Survey, which found nearly seven in ten large businesses had identified a breach or attack. 

The research is part of a series called Cyber Security Insights, which includes themes such as the impact of cyber attacks on the NHS.    

 

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