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A new report has revealed that 75 per cent of councils departments have fallen victim to a malware, virus or Trojan attack in the last 12 months.
Councils singled out how current technology was not capable of protecting them against zero-day threats or capable of identifying, and then removing, suspicious traffic.
Cyber Security: Threats and Opportunities Across Local Government, produced by Malwarebytes, also revealed that councils were facing difficulties implementing new systems and applications, with 72 per cent of survey respondents highlighting it as a main concern.
The report warns that local government has three main cyber attack concerns, which are the loss of sensitive data (53 per cent), financial repercussions (53 per cent) and the expected impact on service delivery (41 per cent).
Anthony O’Mara, vice president of EMEA at Malwarebytes, said: “It’s clear from these findings that there is widespread awareness of the threat of cyber crime amongst high ranking local government officials but many are not yet confident in their ability to deal with it. A lack of faith in legacy systems has led to a massive crisis in confidence within local government, which only adds to the vulnerability of these organisations. This, combined with a very noisy vendor marketplace, has meant many high-ranking government officials are now left confused as to how to best deal with these threats.”