From January to March 2022 we will be piloting this new programme to encourage councils to explore their cyber security culture – sharing fresh perspectives in a safe, friendly and constructive environment. We are seeking expressions of interest from councils and council officers to take part in the programme as participating councils or as members of the Cyber 360 team.
Is your council ready to respond to a cyber attack? Do you have knowledge and skills about cyber security not only in your IT teams, but among councillors and senior management too?
COVID-19 has demanded continuous and accelerated digital innovation in local authorities. Cyber threats continue to develop in size and sophistication; and the fast-paced digital transformation and organisational change within local authorities throughout COVID-19 has created and exposed new vulnerabilities in technology, processes, skills and training. The risk associated with a cyber incident is greater than ever.
There’s never been a more urgent need to understand and manage cyber risk.
We are building on our support offer to local authorities by piloting a new programme on cyber security – the LGA Cyber 360 – which will provide six participating councils with a funded opportunity to gain advice, support, and a fresh perspective, from experts and peers.
The programme will:
- build capabilities within councils by coaching and signposting to advice and guidance
- help councils to better understand what 'good' looks like without dictating specific outcomes or actions to be taken
- improve the cultural elements of cyber security throughout the host council, for example, leadership, governance, and awareness.
Please note that this programme will not act as a form of compliance, accreditation, health check, or any other directive- or assurance-based model.
The programme is not just about improving the technological aspects of cyber security within local authorities, but primarily about sharing knowledge and good practice right across the organisations to bring about sustainable cultural change.
The LGA Cyber 360 is designed to provoke constructive thought and discussion. It will focus on understanding what good cyber security looks like and on signposting participants to further support rather than testing specific solutions.
Join us at an information session
We are running regular information sessions to answer all your questions about the LGA Cyber 360 every Monday and Friday from 3–3.30pm until Monday 20 December 2021. All the sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Come along if you would like to find out more about the programme.
Councils can apply to undertake an LGA Cyber 360 – and council officers from any council can apply to be part of the team (even if their council is not applying for the programme itself).
Get in touch
For more information please email LGAcybersecurity@local.gov.uk
Read Councillor Neil Prior's article in 'first' magazine on the urgent need for councils to manage cyber risk. Councillor Prior is Deputy Chair of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board and Productivity Lead Member.