LGA Cyber Security Stocktake

National-Level Report

Published in: Local Government Association (November 2018)

Posted on RAND.org on February 22, 2019

by Nathan Ryan, Siobhan Coughlan, Erik Silfversten, Helen Reeves, Hui Lu, David Pye, Fook Nederveen, Jos Creese, Giacomo Persi Paoli

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This report shows the results from the LGA cyber security stocktake. It provides a high-level summary of results from all 353 English councils (100 per cent) that participated in the stocktake. The data presented in this report was collected from mid-June to early-September 2018. The stocktake took a broad definition of cyber security that incorporated leadership, governance, partnerships and training arrangements, beyond the traditional information technology (IT) security controls and adoption of standards that underpins cyber security's technology practices. The study team applied a weighting and scoring method to analyse the results of the stocktake for each council and to provide them with their 'RAG' (red, amber and green) rating. A greater level of granularity was required to understand the distribution of results; therefore, the amber category was further broken down into three segments to analyse councils at the cusp of the red and green ratings. The analysis resulted in 353 bespoke reports of each individual council's cyber security arrangements. These individual assessments were based solely on the submission from the respective council and were not benchmarked or compared against the results of other councils.

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