Local authorities: how to meet the challenges of cybersecurity?

Are you responsible for the IT department of a local authority? Whether you represent a commune, a department or a region, you're probably looking for an effective way to protect your information system from incidents caused by hackers and their acts of cyber-maliciousness.

But why is cybersecurity so important for local authorities? Which management and filtering tool should you choose to protect your administration from data theft or downtime? All the answers to these questions can be found in our guide :

  1. Why are local authorities vulnerable to digital risks?
  2. Use case: which web filtering device for optimal cybersecurity?
  3. Raising agent awareness: the key to avoiding cybersecurity incidents?
  4. CIOs and CISOs: what are the penalties for failing to implement a web content access management tool?

Why are local authorities vulnerable to cyber-malware?

Local authorities are a prime target for hackers. In the event of an attack, the repercussions cannot be ignored:

  • The theft of sensitive data from constituents and agents.
  • Service downtime of varying duration, depending on the severity of the cyberattack.

In such a context, hackers don't hesitate to demand very high ransoms from local authorities: leaking sensitive data and stopping services are unthinkable for the smooth running of the French state.

What's more, although ANSSI recommends that local authorities use and implement a web filtering tool to protect against malware, data theft or even access to illicit content, not all local authorities were equipped with a high-performance solution in 2024.

Use case: what web filtering system for optimal cybersecurity in local authorities?

Olfeo is the creator of the web security solution security solution for regions, departments and local authorities. Here's what our online content management and filtering tool can do for you.

Town halls

Local authorities, town halls and remote sites such as retirement homes or integration centers need to protect themselves against malware and ransomware. With our high-securityfiltering solution, town halls and their ancillary services can protect themselves from online infections that could result in data theft.

The schools

Our web filtering system protects minors in educational establishments. Thanks to Olfeo, schools, secondary schools, leisure centers and youth and cultural centers can offerInternet access to children in complete safety, including on the tablets and laptops distributed to pupils.


Ensuring data protection for citizens and government representatives in the face of online risks is possible with Olfeo to avoid turning them into victims of cyber-maliciousness. Our tool complies with both the RGPD and the general security repository.

Local authority employees on the move

Telecommuting isn't just developing in the private sector: local authorities are also affected by new ways of working. Our web filtering system offers the same level of security to telecommuters and travelers as to on-site staff.

Raising awareness among local authority employees: the key to avoiding incidents?

The first victims of cyber-malicious acts are often local authority employees. The cause? A lack of knowledge of good Internet practices. To help your staff identify phishing attacks and the many other pitfalls of web browsing, Olfeo offers an e-learning platform. This is a highly effective way of raising agents' awareness of cybersecurity issues.

To raise awareness among your teams, contact Olfeo if you would like any information about our platform for limiting cyber-malware.

CIOs and CISOs: what are the penalties for failing to implement a web content access management tool?

Restricting access to malicious web content, protecting IT systems from malware, limiting the risk of data theft... All this is possible with an advanced filtering tool like Olfeo. But are CIOs and CISOs obliged to implement such a tool?

Entities such as ANSSI make recommendations in favor of the use and implementation of an advanced web filtering service, but this is not mandatory. We invite you to take a look at ANSSI's recommendations to avoid incidents on your IT system.

However, web filtering is now a prerequisite for ISO 27 001 certification (version 2022). In addition, the law requires individuals and legal entities offering access to online public communication services to implement " technical means to restrict access to certain services or to select them ".

It should not be forgotten that local authorities are also liable under criminal and civil law if their employees make illicit use of the Internet.

By providing a framework and legal protection, cybersecurity tools are simply essential for local authority information systems.