Avon and Somerset Police has become the latest police force to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), policing’s nationally supported cyber security protection facility. Avon and Somerset Police is the 21st police force to be connected and go into live operation with the service, which is helping protect policing round-the-clock from cyber threats.
The NMC is being rolled out by the National Enabling Programmes (NEP) across the 43 police forces that make up policing in England and Wales. It will help ensure Avon and Somerset’s local ICT team is able to lock down and eliminate any cyber threats that could cause damage and disruption to the IT systems and devices used by the force’s officers and staff.
Headquartered in Portishead, Bristol, Avon and Somerset Police has gone into live operation with the NMC’s initial monitoring service, which guards the force’s cloud-based IT estate.
Generating alerts on a near-real time basis, the initial monitoring service warns if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour. This provides the force with a 24x7x365 capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats.
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.
Avon and Somerset Police is responsible for policing in the county of Somerset and the now-defunct county of Avon. It includes the city and county of Bristol and the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in the west of England. The force covers an area of around 4800 square km with a population of some 1.6 million people.
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 policing across England and Wales.
The facility is currently in live operation with 21 police forces across England and Wales. More forces will be added over the coming weeks and months as part of a phased implementation programme.
The NMC’s initial monitoring capability, which has gone into operation with Avon and Somerset Police, provides a protective monitoring service that analyses and scrutinises the force’s cloud-based technology estate.
It’s the first in a range of cyber services that will be made available to police forces over the coming months as part of a phased programme. This will ensure the NMC addresses policing’s ever-evolving cyber-risk requirements.
The NMC is an important step 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.
The NEP is 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.