Local councils across the UK suffered as many as 98 million cyber attacks in the last five years, resulting in 376 cyber incidents in total, a report from privacy group Big Brother Watch has revealed.
Commenting on the report from Big Brother Watch, Stephen Burke, Founder & CEO, Cyber Risk Aware, told TEISS that that lack of training imparted to employees by local councils is quite concerning, considering that GDPR only a few months away.
"Employees are on the front line when it comes to safeguarding data and it only takes one person to click on a malicious link to place the security of the entire organisation at risk. The role of staff awareness and education is particularly significant with the EU GDPR set to come into force. It’s more important than ever for all organisations to take measures to educate staff on the basics of good cyber security, from how to spot potential phishing emails to how to report anything that doesn’t look genuine.