Cyber Security Self Assessment tool

As part of the National Cyber Security Programme, the LGA is working with the Cabinet Office to help local authorities improve their cyber security.


As part of the National Cyber Security Programme, the LGA is working with the Cabinet Office to help local authorities improve their cyber security. The first phase of this work took place over the summer of 2018 where we worked with every council in England to complete an online stocktake questionnaire evaluating their cyber resilience.

Following feedback from the sector, we have developed a new online self-assessment tool which builds on the previous stocktake in partnership with the sector. This is designed to support local authorities in evaluating their cyber security on an ongoing basis.

The tool will be open for two set time periods each year - May and November. The tool will be launched in October 2019 and the first time period will run from then until the end of November 2019.

The tool aims to support local authorities to:

  • assess what arrangements are currently in place
  • identify good practice within the council or shared service
  • identify risks and areas for improvement.

The self-assessment tool as in the original stocktake exercise will evaluate each council’s individual arrangements across the following functional areas:

  • leadership, reporting and ownership
  • governance, structures and policies
  • partnerships, information, advice and guidance
  • technology, standards and compliance
  • training and awareness.

Who completes the assessment?

As previously, one nominated person from your council will be able to sign in and complete the assessment on behalf of your council. To assist them to do this they can download a PDF version of the questionnaire. To find out who that person is or change the nominated person, email cybersecurity@local.gov.uk

How will your responses be used?

The results page will show an assessment for each section where you have provided completed responses. Only the person authorised to perform the self-assessment for a council can access their council’s results page. A summary document can be downloaded detailing your results.

The LGA will have secure access to the results for all local authorities. These will not be shared and will be used only to shape the LGA’s improvement offer.

Find out more about the tool

For advice on how to best complete the tool within your council, we recommend using our cyber self assessment tool user guide.

If you have any questions about the original 2018 Stocktake or the Self-Assessment Tool, email cybersecurity@local.gov.uk