Ten Councils Co-Fund, Collaborate and Co-Design New Cyber Threat e-Learning Modules To Tackle Staff Cyber Awareness & Education


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, 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 the autumn 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.




The collaboration was driven by public sector co-funding platform CC2i. CC2i spent three months bringing together interested authorities keen to do something pro-active in the cyber awareness space - specifically around staff training. With cyber threats increasingly prevalent during this period, along with an ever increasing need to find savings wherever possible, the co-funding concept was both timely and relevant.


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


Mike Greenslade Information Security Officer at Portsmouth City Council suggests the co-funding approach has multiple benefits:


“Like all other councils across the UK, Portsmouth is facing unprecedented times when it comes to cyber attacks. As well as providing robust technical IT defences against attacks, it is crucial we ensure staff are fully aware of the risks and know what to do if they suspect something malicious.


“The Matobo-CC2i collaboration gives us the ability to work with a leading film-maker in this field, as well as other councils facing similar threats.


“Key benefits so far have of course been the sharing of costs, but also recognition that we are not alone, being able to learn from other councils as to how they have dealt with cyber threats, and possibly most important, the ability to input relevant messages into the training to inform staff at all levels.”


The resulting 12 cyber threat training modules will be fresh, on message and easy to consume; most lasting just 3-5 minutes. Topics covered in the animation based training include how to guard against phishing, password management, file sharing, social media, BYOD management,  the impact of GDPR and more.


Following workshops between the collaborating councils and film-makers in July, 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.


CC2i’s Director of Innovation Jane Hancer commented;

“By working together each of the co-funding local authorities has helped shape the content and approach of the cyber awareness modules, plus has access to a quality of animation and film making they would not have been able to afford alone.”