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PA Consulting comments on the newly released NCSC cyber security guidelines for local government

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, has issued a new set of security principles for local authorities to ensure their networks are resilient to cyber attacks.

Connected places, which include so-called smart cities as well as connected rural environments, use tech such as internet of things (IoT) devices and sensors to improve efficiency.

The principles advise local authorities on the required cyber security governance and skills, the role of suppliers, risks and how connected places can be designed to protect data.

David Rees, PA's Head of Local Government Services, says that these principles require action at a time when councils are facing “increasing demands and funding pressures”.

He says: “Many local authorities will lack the cyber security and privacy expertise needed to take action across the broad range of smart connected services. To ensure success, councils will need to establish a programme of work, engage the relevant specialists (including the NCSC) and work collaboratively with other nearby authorities.”

David adds: “The importance of these guidelines should not be lost on service directors and heads of service and remain the preserve of IT directors. As frontline services such as adult social care, highways, transportation and environmental services transform through the adoption of new technology, it is crucial that cyber risks are factored in.”

Read David’s comments in City A.M. and Local Government News.

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