By SA Mathieson, editor of Socitm In Our View magazine
Socitm members should increase their engagement with Warp security groups, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 28th June.
During a discussion on cyber security, held at the Connected Local Government Live event* in Birmingham, council members recommended that each local authority’s IT security staff should be engaged with a warning, advice and reporting point group to share experiences. This was particularly important given the Wannacry ransomware attack on the NHS in May and a new wave of cyber attacks hitting organisations worldwide as the meeting took place.
Socitm is a founding member of the Local Government Cybersecurity Stakeholder Group, which also involves the Local Government Association, Solace, Adass and the National Cyber Security Centre. The group’s most recent meeting discussed how to improve responses to incidents, with building regional capacity seen as one way to achieve this.
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By Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm
Even before the general election, this year has seen some parts of the country voting for change. For the first time, the 4th May saw voters in six combined authority areas of England electing ‘metro mayors’ with a brief to join up services.
Socitm believes the next government needs to accelerate digital thinking to improve the joining up of services. The new metro mayors may help achieve this, but many parts of the UK are working to generate place-based digital leadership through bringing together civil servants, councillors, chief executives and other senior managers for education and training.
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By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine
Local authorities should get on with securing the UK’s public sector IT rather than waiting for central government, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 8 December in London.
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