What we’re working on
MHCLG are providing expertise and support to identify issues and gaps in local authority cyber security. We have begun by working with councils who completed the Mitigating Malware and Ransomware survey in February 2020.
We want to provide guidance, tools and good practice, and to agree a roadmap for cyber enhancement. This will increase councils’ resilience against ransomware attacks. This will also help cyber security professionals within local authorities to communicate with, and get future budget and priority, from senior leaders.
If your council has not done so already, you can complete the survey now.
Read more about the Cyber Support project in this blog post.
In February 2021, an alpha project began work to develop a tool and framework that will support local authorities to achieve a recommended level of cyber health. This will help local authorities to apply cyber security standards and guidance, and assess where they are against a baseline.
Read more about the Cyber Health project in this blog post.
Call for user research participants
The Cyber Health project would like to speak to you if you’re working within a local authority or a supporting service, and have responsibility or involvement within the following:
- Senior Leadership Team
- Strategic staff(BAs, project managers etc)
- Service Managers
- Chief Information Officers
During each one-hour session, you will be asked about cyber security at your local authority, and may be asked to review any early ideas or prototypes the project has been developing. Each research session will be held remotely via a video conferencing tool (Microsoft Teams, Skype or Google Hangouts), or over the phone.
Find out more and apply to take part in user research