Council trio leading the way in cyber security

Cardiff, Denbigshire and Northumberland councils have been recognised as three of the most effective organisations when dealing with online scams. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently published its report into Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programmes, which are designed to defend against basic commodity cyber attacks that affect UK citizens.

ACD programmes generally incorporate Web Check, DMARC, Public Sector DNS, take-down provisions, and aim to block fake emails, phishing attacks, and stop public sector systems engaging with malicious servers. Overall the report found that the UK share of global phishing attacks dropped from 5.3% in June 2016 to 3.1% in November 2017, indicating an improved cyber defence capability across UK organisations. With regards to the top performers, the report highlighted that the organisations defending themselves most effectively from attacks via ACD programmes were: Northumberland County Council (59,405 attempts in August), Cardiff Council (31,728 in December) and Denbighshire County Council (25,627 in May). Read more here

To learn more about how best to improve your cyber security measures, please attend the Public Sector Show on 26 June 2018.