It must be comforting for the ratepayers of Redcar to know that their council’s network met the standards of the PSN. Ticking the box is not the same as taking cyber security seriously…:
In a budget update report published 4th August, the Redcar council cabinet stated that the ransomware attack resulted in “total forecast impact of £10.144 million”, adding that it is still relatively difficult to determine what the ultimate impacts of this unprecedented incident will be even though the attack took place in February.
The Council said that prior to the cyber attack, it had “industry-standard tools deployed to secure its network” that were configured to provide optimum protection as per the standards set out by the Public Services Network (PSN). However, these measures proved inadequate in preventing the cyber attack.