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Essex Police and Kent Police become latest forces to get NMC cyber protection

Essex Police and Kent Police have become the latest police forces to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), the nationally supported cyber security protection facility for policing.

The forces went into live operation today with the initial monitoring service for scrutinising each force’s cloud-based IT estate.

The NMC deploys a range of security tools, technologies and a specialist team of analysts to monitor, hunt and help to detect unknown, sophisticated and evasive cyber security threats.

Together they will help police forces ensure these threats can be locked down and eliminated before they can cause damage and disruption.

Essex Police and Kent Police are the third and fourth forces to go into live operational service with the NMC, joining West Yorkshire Police and Cumbria Constabulary who went into live operation earlier this month.

Phased programme

The NEP team is now working on a phased implementation programme to bring in other forces across England and Wales over the coming months.

The NMC’s Initial Monitoring Capability, which has gone into operation with these forces provides a protective monitoring service that will analyse and scrutinise each force’s cloud-based technology estate, and generate alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour.

The NMC’s services will be expanded over the next few months to provide a comprehensive, pro-active security capability.

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