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Wednesday 1 April 2020

Coronavirus employee update for Wednesday 1 April 2020.

Information security and fraud awareness

The impact of coronavirus means that over the next few weeks and months, there is likely be an increased security and fraud risk in a number of key areas including:

  • cyber-attacks against the council's network infrastructure
  • scams and phishing attacks which attempt to exploit staff who are still getting to grips with new ways of working
  • potential data breaches as staff will be communicating and working differently
  • opportunities to commit fraud and theft

As always, it is important that everyone understands their responsibilities when it comes to keeping information safe and secure which you can read more about in the Data Demon section on Our Derbyshire.

The Audit Services Unit has put together some extra information which highlights fraud risks that may emerge or increase in the near future. Please make sure you are familiar the Information and Security Awareness briefing which can be found on the importance of information security page on Our Derbyshire.

Skills and redeployment survey

We recently asked you to complete a volunteer survey.  Thank you to those who responded, however, we have received some feedback so we have added some additional skills and are providing greater clarity on who needs to complete the survey.

We have updated the survey so we can capture the broader range of skills held across the council and more information about working arrangements, to understand how our existing workforce could be redeployed into critical roles to support the delivery of our key services.

The survey should be completed by all employees so please ensure you complete it as soon as possible. If you have already completed the previous ‘volunteer survey’ but feel you have other skills to offer that were not listed in the original survey please complete the ‘Skills and redeployment’ survey.

If you cannot complete the survey electronically, you can request a paper copy from your manager. Please return paper copies to Occupational Health, County Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG or if you are able to scan it please email it to

Complete the skills and redeployment survey.

Also if you’d like to offer practical help as a volunteer you can do this by registering online.