Gwent Police has today become the 13th police force to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), the nationally supported cyber security protection facility for policing.
Gwent Police went into live operation today with the initial monitoring service for scrutinising the force’s cloud-based IT estate, joining South Wales, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Devon & Cornwall and Dorset police forces, Norfolk, Suffolk and Derbyshire Constabularies, Essex, Kent and West Yorkshire Police and Cumbria Constabulary.
The National Enabling Programmes (NEP) is rolling-out the NMC across policing as part of measures set out in Policing Vision 2025, authored by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
The NMC is a national facility that utilises a range of security tools, technologies and a specialist team of analysts that together will help forces monitor, hunt and detect unknown, sophisticated and evasive cyber security threats.
The NMC generate alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour, and provides police forces with a 24x7x365 capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats.
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, which is a foundation for delivering the Policing Vision 2025.
The NMC – as well as productivity services and national-supported Identity Access Management (IAM) service – is being implemented across forces over the coming months, and the NEP’s delivery team is working with forces as their individual implementation plans develop.