Police CyberAlarm is a free tool to help organisations to understand and monitor malicious cyber activity. This service is made up of two parts; monitoring and vulnerability scanning.
Here is a brief summary of the tool:
- Police CyberAlarm acts as a “CCTV camera” monitoring the traffic seen by a member’s connection to the internet. It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities. The data collected by the system does not contain any content of the traffic. The system is designed to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.
- Members of Police CyberAlarm will become part of the wider UK cyber defence network, sharing collected data with Police for analysis at local, regional and national levels to identify trends, react to emerging threats and identify, pursue and prosecute cyber criminals.
- Vulnerability Scanning can be added and used to scan an organisations website and external IP addresses, providing regular reports of all known vulnerabilities.
West Yorkshire Police would really like to see as many schools and colleges as possible signed up to this so that necessary safeguarding measures can be put in place, to better protect their networks and add another layer of security.
There is a short video on their website - Police CyberAlarm - which will explain the new free tool from the Police in more detail.
If your relevant IT teams would like any more information on this, then please feel free to encourage them to get in touch. Alternatively, you can register here - Police CyberAlarm