2022 saw a 28% increase in capital losses from cyber security incidents yet only 13% of organisations invested in improving their cyber security foundations.
Local government entities use key systems to deliver services to their communities and in doing so collect and store vast amounts of information about their residents and operations. This information is attractive to cyber-criminals. The number of cyber-attacks across government rose sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to present challenges for governments who are entrusted with citizen information and ongoing delivery of essential services.
Local governments in Western Australia need to enhance their IT controls, according to a WA Auditor General (OAG) audit that discovered 328 weaknesses in a review of 50 local governments.