Cumbria Constabulary has become the first police force to use the National Management Centre (NMC) for cybersecurity set up under the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
It went into operation this week with an initial monitoring service that scrutinises the force’s cloud-based IT estate, and the programme team is now working on a phased implementation programme to bring in other forces across England and Wales.
The NMC has been set up under the National Enabling Programmes (NEP), which are aimed at harnessing digital technology to transform policing and funded within the £100 million contract awarded by the NPCC to BT and Deloitte in November of last year to support the programmes.
It is managed by a NEP team and provided by BT as a police-specific facility in its existing security operations centre, with dedicated teams of cyber professionals. Deloitte is acting as the client delivery partner and leading on the implementation.
The NMC uses a range of security tools, technologies and a team of analysts to monitor the IT environment for unknown and evasive cybersecurity threats.
A spokesperson said: “Together they will help ensure these threats can be locked down and eliminated before they cause damage and disruption. The facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and the intention is for it to be rolled out to all police forces across England and Wales.”
It will be implemented in two phases. The first, now used by Cumbria Constabulary, provides the monitoring service and can generate alerts on a near real-time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks or suspicious behaviour, providing nominated contracts with the force’s security operations team with information to mitigate threats.
Under the second phase, over the coming weeks, operations will be expanded from covering the force’s cloud infrastructure to its on-premise systems.
The spokesperson said that the NMC’s services will be expanded over the next few months to provide a comprehensive, pro-active security capability.
Its implementation is the first step in the NEPs, which have been developed to respond to some of the priorities set out in the Policing Vision 2025 strategy. These include using technology to improve productivity and harnessing identity and access management to give the appropriate people access to online resources without compromising security.
Varonis Blog Highlights 110 Cybersecurity Statistics
Cybersecurity company Varonis has issued its predictions for the forthcoming year with a blog post entitled 110 Cybersecurity Statics For 2020. The blog states that cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for businesses. Recent trends and cybersecurity statistics reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile and IoT devices.read more
UK To Go On The Cyber Offensive
The UK Government is about to launch a new proactive and offensive cybersecurity team that will wage cyberwarfare against hostile nation-states and online crime organisations. It would be naive to believe that the UK has not launched cyberattacks against third parties, but the killing of Qassem Soleimani has brought this out into the open.read more
Are You Ready For Iranian Revenge Cyberattacks?
Following the killing of Qassem Suleimani no-one can be sure of what military action Iran will take, but experts agree that its cyberattacks will increase against countries and governments it sees as hostile.read more
Ringing The Changes For IOT Security
Buying and installing a cyber-doorbell through which you can monitor callers even if you are away from home makes sense, yes? Not unless you are a user from Alabama who has launched a $5million legal against action after it is alleged that a hacker cracked the Ring doorbell and started harassing the family.read more