Bristol Council Is Phishing Its Own Employees To Improve Security

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Phishing attacks have been launched by Bristol City Council IT chiefs against the authority’s own staff to beef up cyber security after a “worrying” report revealed the danger of a breach has increased. Bristol City Council employees who fall for the “scams”, staged by their own colleagues, are redirected to a training programme to help them avoid succumbing to a real attack. A report to the resources scrutiny commission said it was “likely” hackers would target the authority’s computer systems and , if successful, the impact would be “critical”, the highest level possible. The assessment means the level of risk of a cyberattack is rated as “high” and has risen since the previous quarter of the 2018/19 financial year.