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Over half of police forces now connected to cyber protection centre as Beds, Cambs and Herts go live

More than half of police forces across England and Wales are now in live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), policing’s nationally supported cyber security protection facility. Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary went into live operation with the service today, bringing the total number of police forces in live operation to 24.

Utilising a range of security tools, technologies and a specialist team of analysts, the NMC gives forces a 24x7x365 capability to hunt and detect unknown, sophisticated and evasive cyber security threats.

Protecting policing from the ever-evolving risk of cyber security issues, the NMC provides forces with the actionable information they need to mitigate threats and prevent potential damaging compromises and data loss.

Family of cyber services

The NMC’s initial monitoring capability, which has today gone into operation with Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary, provides a protective monitoring service that analyses and scrutinises the force’s cloud-based technology estate.

It’s the first in a family of services that will be offered and implemented with these forces, and across other connected police forces, which will help ensure policing is protected from the ever-evolving cyber security risk profile.

The NMC’s initial monitoring capability will help ensure each force’s local ICT team can lock down and eliminate cyber threats before they can cause damage and disruption to the IT systems and devices used by officers and staff.

This service generates alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour.  Alerts are provided to nominated contacts within each force’s security operations team.

Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary are now in live operation with policing’s nationally supported cyber protection

Nationally facility for policing

The NMC is a nationally-supported facility that is being implemented by the National Enabling Programmes (NEP). The NEP 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.

Currently in live operation with 24 police forces, a phased implementation programme will see the NMC rolled out to more forces over the coming weeks and months.

Together, Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary cover an area of some 8,500 square km with a combined population of over 3 million people.

Transforming policing

The NMC is just one of the 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, and a nationally-supported Identity Access Management (IAM) service, to ensure 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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