As councils across the UK accelerated their digital transformations to keep up with remote working demands, the gaps left behind in their security strategies as a result have created many new vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit.
In 2020 alone, councils reported more than 854 data breaches, many being ransomware attacks, while ENISA recently named ransomware as the most prominent cybersecurity threat of 2021. As a result, keeping these attacks under control and protecting their data, workforce, citizens, and reputation from the horrors of a ransomware invasion is now a top priority for IT leaders in the public sector. But what proactive steps can IT teams take today to help keep ransomware threats at bay?
In this short guide, we explain the five things every IT leader should know about what’s driving the ransomware surge and what security strategies UK councils can implement today to keep their data safe from cyberattacks.