West Yorkshire Police has become latest police force to go into live operation with the National Management Centre (NMC), the nationally supported cyber security protection facility for policing.
It went into operation today with an initial monitoring service that scrutinises West Yorkshire Police‘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 these threats can be locked down and eliminated before they can cause damage and disruption.
West Yorkshire Police is the second police force to go into live operational service with the NMC, following Cumbria Constabulary’s introduction last week. The NEP programme team is now 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 West Yorkshire Police, provides a protective monitoring service that will analyse and scrutinise a 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.
The alerts provide nominated contacts within the force’s security operations team with the actionable information they need to mitigate threats and prevent potential business damaging compromises and data loss.
The facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and is currently being implemented in two phases.
Under the second phase, introduced over the coming weeks, operations will be extended from covering a force’s cloud infrastructure to its on-premise systems. The NMC’s services will be expanded over the next few months to provide a comprehensive, pro-active security capability.
The NMC is the first step 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.
We’re implementing the NMC with forces over the coming months, and your NEP contact and NEP delivery manager will have already discussed some aspects of your local delivery.
We’ll keep you informed and updated as this work progresses, and your implementation plans develop, but email us if you have any questions.