Lead Organisation: Matobo


Project Overview

Ten local authorities from across England have joined together to co-fund and co-design a series of council focused organisational cyber threat training modules, to raise awareness and help employees understand - and mitigate - the risks involved.


Working with BAFTA award-winning film-makers Matobo - who have recently produced the BBC’s only mandatory course, itself focused on cyber awareness & GDPR - the councils are both sharing the cost of the video production as well as inputting into the film-making process to ensure the messages are as relevant as possible.


The final product will be delivered in Autumn 2017 and not only will the collaborating councils have access to the training, the 12 e-learning modules will also be available ‘off-the-shelf’ to other councils, safe in the knowledge that the scripts have been designed by local authority information governance and ICT experts.



Project Partners

Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire County Councils, Blackpool Council, Manchester, Portsmouth, Cambridge and Sheffield City Councils, Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire and Eastleigh District Councils.


Delivery Partner

Matobo: www.matobo.co.uk 


Project Timelines

Project Funded: July 2017

Project Completion: November 2017

Off the shelf product available November 2017



  • Workshops were held in July where the collaborating councils and film-makers discussed what needed changing from the BBC-commissioned original, new areas of council specific content, as well as discussing the wider approach and language for the script
  • During August scripts were drafted and shared with the group for comments, amends and input;
  • Scripts have now been signed off, storyboarding is complete, animation has begun and the audio files are currently being recorded. At each step the participating councils have fed into the process and signed off the work involved;
  • The result will be 12 cyber threat e-learning modules - including a specific module on GDPR - which are fresh, on message and easy to consume. The videos are estimated to be be between 35-40 minutes in total, with each lasting around 3-5 minutes;
  • The additional GDPR module also benefits from the latest legal advice given by the BBC legal team in terms of informing staff around the incoming data protection regulations;
  • Supporting e-learning will be offered as an additional element to the original pitch  to underpin each cyber awareness module, enabling testing, monitoring and driving cyber behaviour change.

Modules will cover 

  • Understanding the Threat - Our Personal Responsibilities
  • Phishing
  • Password Management
  • Social Media
  • File Sharing
  • Scams
  • Portable Devices
  • Offline Security
  • Secure Use of the Internet
  • When to Seek Advice
  • GDPR - What is Personal Data
  • GDPR - How to Handle Personal Data

Excerpts of the council-focused content will be available at the end of September, please hit the ‘Get in Touch‘ button at the bottom of this page to register for updates