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North Somerset Council taxpayers’ information safe despite national cyber attacks

PUBLISHED: 20:11 19 May 2017

North Somerset Council is confident its security systems are robust.

North Somerset Council is confident its security systems are robust.

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Commercial and personal information belonging to North Somerset taxpayers has not been compromised by cyber attacks this week.

While many bodies, including the NHS, have seen their IT systems hacked, North Somerset Council has not been one of the victims.

Cllr David Pasley, whose executive portfolio includes IT, says the authority has spent money to upgrade its software.

He said: “Recently in March there was a problem and we spent money on anti-virus software and I’m relieved to say we have had no problems and hopefully it will continue like that.”

The cyber attack on the NHS left doctors in some parts of the country unable to access patients’ medical records, although North Somerset was not affected.

And the council, as it holds sensitive information about addresses, tax, business rates and social services, means it must take extra care when it comes to security.

Cllr Pasley said: “We have been proactive to protect the local population.”

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