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 Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol 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

From 2019 until spring 2020, the NCSP will also be rolling out the first in a series of six training seminars. Held in the same regions and also free to attend. The first cyber pathfinder training seminar will be on the Cyber Landscape, Guidance & Support. The aim of this seminar 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 module will look at identifying the evolving nature of the cyber landscape, defining commonly used cyber technology, signposting the key support and practitioner organisations and their roles, identifying the legal standards and regulatory requirements that organisations need to address and describing how cyber resilience fits into the wider resilience capability.

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:

 

Furthermore, the second training seminar NCSP will be launching will be the Pathfinder Seminar 2: Cyber Threats and Core Resilience Capability. The aim is to provide participants with an understanding of the cyber threat landscape and the core components of a cyber resilience capability.

The module will provide a detailed understanding of the cyber threat trajectory. It will identify why your organisation may be vulnerable, describe the various types of attack methodology, cover the role of threat analysis and its impact on organisational decision making and how to identify supply chain dependencies.

The events will be held:

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