Cyber security in local government


Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. The increasing global interconnectivity between computer networks has dramatically increased the risk of cyber security incidents. Such incidents can harm local government operations and service delivery and may include the theft of information, denial of access to critical technology, or even the hijacking of systems for profit or malicious intent.

This audit will assess how effectively the City of Parramatta Council, Singleton Council, and Warrumbungle Shire Council identify and manage cyber security risks.

The audit will answer the following questions:

  • Do the councils effectively identify and plan for cyber security risks?
  • Do the councils have controls in place to effectively manage identified cyber security risks?
  • Do the councils have processes in place to detect, respond to, and recover from cyber security incidents?

The audit will also consider relevant guidance and support provided to councils by the Department of Planning and Environment and the Department of Customer Service.

Estimated tabling date: Early 2024