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The importance of cyber security | Security awareness | Birmingham City Council

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The importance of cyber security

Technology is changing rapidly and councils are increasingly making local public services available digitally, with workforces increasingly working online and working more collaboratively with partner organisations.

Not only is cyber security crucial to ensuring that services are kept up and running, it is also important that the public trusts us with their information.

A cyber attack could have very serious consequences by disrupting services – many of which serve the most vulnerable – and damaging the council’s reputation. Healthy cyber security is therefore essential in ensuring that day-to-day services are kept up and running.

The council has technical controls in place to protect the network. However, sensitive information or data may be unintentionally released into the public domain due to simple human error, or a lack of awareness about the particular risks involved.