Council cyber attacks on the rise as criminals ‘exploit’ coronavirus pandemic

Council cyber attacks on the rise as criminals ‘exploit’ coronavirus pandemic

Posted September 28, 2020

Council cyber attacks on the rise as criminals ‘exploit’ coronavirus pandemic

  • Hull City Council has suffered 10 significant cyber attacks this year, up from four during the whole of 2019 according to the local authority’s figures.
  • Councillors heard IT staff had bought a phishing simulator to help train staff to recognise false emails and on what to do if sensitive information is passed on.
  • The committee also heard security systems currently in place meant the council could react quickly to breaches, with staff on standby to monitor threats all hours daily.
  • Councillors heard the local authority’s IT systems are subject to yearly stress tests and that in house checks are undertaken regularly to prevent breaches.

– Joseph Gerrard | September 28, 2020