By SA Mathieson, editor of Socitm In Our View magazine
The Local Public Services CIO Council has discussed a bid for government cybersecurity funding, made on behalf of members of the Local Government Cybersecurity Stakeholder Group, including Socitm and the Local Government Association.
The funding would enable the local government sector to carry out research to understand current cybersecurity arrangements. It would also put in place support and assistance for English local authorities using already-existing organisations, such as Socitm and the network of warning, advice and reporting points (Warps). The council discussed the bid at its meeting in London on 6 December.
If approved, the first year of what is planned as a three-year programme will focus on research and analysis of local authorities’ capabilities and weaknesses. In its second year, the programme would target councils and Warps in need of support and assistance, based on the initial research. It could also work on particular local government systems identified as being at risk.
For councils, the programme would aim to help them embed cybersecurity in corporate arrangements such as business continuity and civil contingency plans; make cybersecurity part of councils’ standard ‘business as usual’ work; put reporting and escalation plans in place; nominate a named senior officer and a lead member with responsibility for cyber security; and put in place appropriate training for all staff and councillors.
The programme would also aim to recruit all councils as active members of a Warp, which would themselves implement reporting and escalation plans along with training and assessment work. A ministerial decision on funding is expected early next year.
* A fuller account of the LCIOC meeting will be available for Socitm members in the publications section of the website http://www.socitm.net in the New Year.
Samantha Smith, Head of Strategy and Architecture and Interim Director of IT Operations at Local Government Shared Services (LGSS), discusses how the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) programme helped her grow on both a personal and professional level.
What do I want to accomplish and what did I want to be known for?
Two of many questions we were asked on the EWDW course. I thought I knew myself quite well when I started the course but when asked those questions I had to pause and reflect. I was keen to attend this course and really looking forward to it but found I was not prepared for its impact.
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As one of the key events for local government digital leaders, Socitm representatives attended Connected Local Government Live 2017 which covered a wide range of IT and digital-related topics.
Throughout the two days there were lots of thought provoking presentations and discussions on how tech and digital service can transform public services and meet the needs of citizens at a local level.
Here are our top five ‘takeaways’ from the event – you can read more about them in our latest member briefing.
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By Anna Sexton
Two things happened this week that once again stirred my passion for diversity in the workplace and the importance of championing women in technology professions.
Number one: I completed the mobile game Lumino City. I’ll come back to that later.
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In a unique communications partnership, Socitm and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the changing digital landscape within public services.
The production will not only look at why collaborative working is more essential than ever, but also why digital transformation should be seen as bringing a step change in cost-effectiveness. The programme will highlight best practice, new technologies and the breakthrough ideas that are having a positive impact on our public services.
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It’s universally acknowledged that local government faces financial pressures and must change the way it operates to continue delivering high levels of service. Thinking and working differently, organisational collaboration and identifying and standardising best practice are key requirements in achieving this, and are particularly true for IT procurement.
With about £2bn currently spent on IT procurement in local government, including £1bn on sourcing and supporting software applications, any efficiencies that can be made will have a significant role in meeting the financial challenges being faced.
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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is aiming to transform the way the wider public sector and central government buys common goods and services.
The government agency is building a Crown Marketplace, which connects buyers to suppliers offering the most competitive deals on a wide range of products and services. The online service will help ensure that public sector buyers have easy access to the very best deals.
Continue reading “Are you ready to join the procurement revolution?”