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UK’s 5th largest police force joins national cyber guardian service

North Yorkshire Police, the UK’s 5th largest police force, is now in live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), the nationally supported cyber security protection facility that is being rolled-out across police forces. Headquartered in Northallerton, North Yorkshire Police went into live operation earlier today with the NMC’s initial monitoring service, which guards the force’s cloud-based IT estate.

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 the 43 police forces that make up policing across England and Wales.

North Yorkshire Police is responsible for policing in an area of northern England and has the 5th largest geographic area of responsibility.

The NMC will help ensure North Yorkshire Police’s local ICT team can lock down and eliminate cyber threats before they can cause damage and disruption. It will help protect the IT systems and devices used by the force’s more than 2,700 officers and staff.

With the addition of North Yorkshire Police, the NMC is currently in live operation with 19 police forces across England and Wales. More forces will be added over the coming weeks and months as part of a phased implementation programme.

North Yorkshire Police is the 19th police force to go into live operation with the NMC, policing’s cyber protection service that’s being rolled out across police forces

Comprehensive protective services

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

It generates alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour. It provides 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.

The NMC’s scope of services are to be expanded and extended over the coming months as part of a phased programme, which ensures the NMC addresses policing’s ever-evolving cyber risk profile.

Better ways of working

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. In addition to the NMC, the NEP is introducing productivity services, based on the Microsoft 365 suite of applications. It’s 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.

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