It’s the first in a family of services that will be offered and implemented with the force, and across other connected police forces, which will help ensure policing is protected from the ever-evolving cyber security risk profile.
The NMC, which is being rolled out across police forces in England and Wales, will help ensure Dyfed-Powys’ local ICT team can lock down and eliminate cyber security threats before they can cause damage and disruption to the IT systems and devices used by the force’s officers and staff.
Providing police forces with a 24x7x365 capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats, the NMC provides actionable information that enables the force to mitigate threats and prevent potential damaging compromises and data loss.
With headquarters in Carmarthen, Dyfed-Powys Police is the 25th police force to go into live operation with the NMC service. Today, well over half of police forces across England and Wales are in live operation with the service.
The NMC is being implemented by the National Enabling Programmes (NEP), which 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.
The NMC utilises a range of security tools, technologies and a specialist team of analysts that together help forces monitor, hunt and detect unknown, sophisticated and evasive cyber security threats.
Dyfed–Powys Police is responsible for policing Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire (which make up the former area of Dyfed) and the unitary authority of Powys (covering Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire), in Wales. The territory it covers is the largest police area in England and Wales, and the third largest in the United Kingdom, after Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
The NMC’s initial monitoring capability, which has gone into operation with Dyfed-Powys Police, provides a protective monitoring service that analyses and scrutinises the force’s cloud-based technology estate.
The service generates alerts on a near-real time basis if there are any indications of potential security attacks, or unusual and suspicious behaviour, providing a ‘round-the-clock’ capability to detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats.
Alerts are provided to nominated contacts within the force’s security operations team, so they can mitigate threats and prevent potential damaging compromises and data loss.
More forces are to be added over the coming weeks and months as part of a phased implementation programme. In addition, the NMC’s services are to be expanded and extended over the coming months as part of a phased programme, which will ensure the NMC addresses policing’s ever-evolving cyber risk profile.
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), this 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.