22-39 Release of Cyber Security Guidelines for NSW Local Government
|Circular No 22-39 / 19 December 2022 / Doc ID A845675
|Who should read this
|Councillors / General Managers / Council policy staff
|Cyber Security – NSW
|22-39 Release of Cyber Security Guidelines for NSW Local Government
|2022 – Cyber Security Guideline – Local Government – PDF
What’s new or changing
- The Cyber Security Guidelines – Local Government (the Guidelines) allow councils to assess their cyber security maturity and plan their maturity uplift.
- The Guidelines outline cyber security standards and controls recommended by Cyber Security NSW for NSW local governments.
What this will mean for your council
- Councils can adopt the Guidelines or use them to form the basis of an internally developed cyber security policy.
- Adherence to the Guidelines is strongly recommended but voluntary with no requirement to report maturity scores to Cyber Security NSW.
- Councils are increasingly dependent on digital technologies and are a target for state-based, criminal and activist threat actors.
- A cyber-attack or incident has a risk of major disruption to services and operations, with genuine risk to critical infrastructure and services.
- Strong cyber security enables the effective use of emerging technologies and ensures confidence in the services provided by NSW local governments.
- The Guidelines should form the basis of an internally developed cyber security policy for individual NSW councils.
- Cyber Security NSW does not offer funding assistance for the implementation of the Guidelines or other cyber security maturity uplift.
Where to go for further information
- The Guidelines and relevant templates for council use are hosted on the Councils and Cyber Security NSW Microsoft Teams forum. To join the forum, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cyber Security NSW offers various services to assist councils in boosting their cyber security capability. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- For questions about the Guidelines, contact the Policy Development and Coordination Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.