National Cyber Security Programme

We all know that Digital Public Services in the UK have been under constant cyber-attack. The UK Government has in place a National Cyber Security Strategy aimed at protecting UK Public Services from cyber-attacks. The National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) is responsible for delivery of that strategy and is working with cross-government partners such as the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to improve cyber resilience across UK Public Services.

iNetwork and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) are working with NCSP to help local service providers to recognise the seriousness of this challenge and help local service providers become more cyber secure. 

As part of the first phase of this programme we have had held three Autumn Showcase Seminars in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham which aimed to;

  • Raise awareness about the NCSP
  • Explain the role of key national strategic partners
  • Increase understanding of the importance of Cyber Resilience in localities
  • Provide guidance on developing a cyber-aware culture within organisations
  • Offer guidance on where to go for further advice, training and support 

The Autumn Showcase Seminar provided delegates with a view to develop a cyber-aware culture within their own organisations so that strong cyber resilience can be seen as not just an IT issue but a key part of the wider operating culture and an integral part of the corporate DNA. The seminars were successful and allowed delegates to engage and discuss with NCSP, MHCLG and Local Public Service Providers the challenges faced at the local level.

“These events are really useful in bringing together colleagues from cyber to raise awareness of their joint responsibilities”

Ryan James, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

“An event showcasing the key partners involved in cyber resilience, helping those involved within the LRF to identify information sources and guidance on cyber and the importance of a resilience plan should the worst happen”

Laura Cowie, Devon & Cornwall Police

“A great event from industry experts & leaders speaking about cyber security & resilience”

Hassan Ali, The Guinness Partnership

“Given first-hand information from NCSC, the help they offer & how to find it”

Gail Martin, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

The new year kicks off with a series of multi-agency cyber resilience exercises from January-March 2019 as part of the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP). The aim of the exercise’s is to build a shared understanding of the implications for local multi-agency partners in responding to a significant cyber incident.

These events, which are free to attend for public service delegates are aimed at Senior Executives from Public Service providers – especially (but not limited to) Local Authorities and Local Resilience Forums or their public sector delivery partners – with responsibility for:

  • Cyber Resilience/ Security
  • Information Assurance
  • Data Management and the impact of GDPR/NIS
  • Democratic and Electoral Services
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Emergency Planning

The events will be held:

Also, from February to May 2018, the NCSP will also be rolling out the first in a series of training seminars. Held in the same regions and also free to attend, the aim of these sessions is to provide participants with an overview of a baseline common understanding of the current cyber landscape and signpost participants to authoritative sources of guidance and support.

The events will be held:

If you would like any further information about the National Cyber Programme email Louis.Stockwell@tameside.gov.uk.