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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s museums in Stornoway and Lionacleit have been downgraded due to last November’s cyber-attack.

As of last month, the accreditation status of both museums will be downgraded to Provisional Accreditation for the next 12 months.

The Sustainable Development Committee will hear tomorrow (Tuesday April 24) at its meeting in Daliburgh that the Accreditation Scheme, a UK industry standard for museums, has identified several issues that require attention.

Among the areas highlighted is the provision of an updated Forward Plan, which includes the museum’s approach to the recent data breach.

Another action required is an updated security review and risk assessment in light of the data breach.

The Comhairle is also required to provide a revised Documentation Plan in response to the data breach, with accompanying 
signed and dated approval evidence.

The industry body is seeking confirmation that the museums have access to their collections management systems and an update on how much collection information has been affected by the data breach. 

In addition, the museum service is asked to provide an update on completing a full inventory of the collection and any documentation backlogs that have been identified.

The Comhairle is also being asked to give an update on recruiting progress for the Heritage Manager and the two Heritage Officer roles.