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20th force gets national cyber service as Durham goes live

Durham Constabulary has become the 20th police force to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), policing’s nationally supported cyber security protection facility. The force, headquartered in Aykley Heads, has gone into live operation with the NMC’s initial monitoring service, which guards the force’s cloud-based IT estate.

The NMC will help ensure Durham Constabulary’s local ICT team is able to lock down and eliminate cyber threats that could cause damage and disruption to the IT systems and devices used by the force’s more than 2,300 officers and staff.

The initial monitoring service generates alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour. It provides a 24x7x365 capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats.

With the addition of Durham Constabulary, the NMC is currently in live operation with 20 police forces across England and Wales. More forces are to be added over the coming weeks and months as part of a phased implementation programme.

The NMC is a nationally-supported facility that is being implemented by the National Enabling Programmes (NEP). It was created to introduce a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating for the 43 police forces that make up policing across England and Wales.

Durham Constabulary is responsible for policing the non-metropolitan county of County Durham and the unitary authority of Darlington. The force covers the 2,232 km² of the county, which has a resident population of around 600,000.

Durham Constabulary is the 20th police force to go into live operation with the NMC, policing’s cyber protection service that’s being rolled out across police forces

Extended range of services

The NMC’s initial monitoring capability, which has gone into operation with Durham Constabulary, provides a protective monitoring service that analyses and scrutinises the force’s cloud-based technology estate. It’s the first service to be offered to forces.

The range of services offered by the NMC will be expanded and extended over the coming months as part of a phased programme, which ensures the NMC addresses policing’s ever-evolving cyber risk profile.

Alerts are provided to nominated contacts within the force’s security operations team. This provides them with the actionable information they need to mitigate threats and prevent potential damaging compromises and data loss.

Better ways of working

The NMC is one of the first steps in the work the NEP is doing to help police forces transform the way they securely and safely work and collaborate. In addition to the NMC, the NEP is introducing productivity services, based on the Microsoft 365 suite of applications.

They are also implementing a nationally-supported Identity Access Management (IAM) service, which ensures the right individuals can securely access the resources and information they need, wherever they are.

The NEP’s transformational work is a vital cog in the delivery of the Policing Vision 2025. Developed by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). The Vision shapes decisions around transformation and how the police use their resources to help keep people safe and provide an effective, accessible and value for money service that can be trusted.

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