South Wales Police has become the 12th police force to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), the nationally supported cyber security protection facility for policing.
The force went into live operation today with the initial monitoring service for scrutinising the 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 cyber and other security threats can be locked down and eliminated before they can cause damage and disruption.
South Wales Police joins Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Devon & Cornwall and Dorset police forces, Norfolk, Suffolk and Derbyshire Constabularies, Essex, Kent and West Yorkshire Police and Cumbria Constabulary who have gone into live operation over the past three months.
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 NEP is 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.
It provides police forces with a 24x7x365 capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats.
The NMC’s services will be further expanded over the coming months to provide a multi-featured, pro-active security capability.
The NMC is being implemented across forces over the coming months, and the NEP’s delivery team is working with forces as they’re individual implementation plans develop.