Cyber

About the Local Digital Cyber team

The Local Digital Declaration includes a commitment to the continuous improvement of cyber security practice, to support the security, resilience and integrity of our digital services and systems.

As part of this, the Local Digital Cyber team is conducting two projects to support local authorities to reduce the incidence and impact of cyber attacks, and support sustainable cyber health.

Learn more about our active projects:

The Autumn 2021 Budget announced additional funding for local government cyber and digital reform. We’re excited to be working with our partners to shape this expansion of our work, so watch this space for future news.

We share updates in our fortnightly sprint notes, on the DLUHC Digital blog and on Twitter. You can also subscribe to the Cyber newsletter to receive updates on our work, including events and news relevant to those working in and around local government cyber security.

Previous work

The Cyber team wrapped up a cyber security pre-discovery phase in May 2020 and completed a more in-depth discovery phase in July 2020.

Our main findings from the discovery were that:

  • there are many cyber standards, but no clear baseline
  • an effective cyber baseline must encompass culture, leadership and ‘cyber first’ processes
  • leadership support is vital to embed standards and best practices across the organisation
  • leaders need to understand cyber risk to inform their decisions
  • legacy technology is a critical blocker to achieving cyber health
  • there is an opportunity for councils to collaborate in order to achieve greater security

You can read more about the discovery and pre-discovery work on the DLUHC Digital blog. You can also read the pre-discovery report (PDF).

Have your say

We welcome further collaboration and input. If you would like to ask us a question or share any strong evidence to support our research, please email cyber@localdigital.gov.uk.