The SME business community is particularly vulnerable to cybercrime due to the cost and often a lack of technical understanding of how to protect their business.
Policing is creating new partnerships where the Cyber Resilience Centre network bring together so much knowledge and experience across business, academia and the police to combat cybercrime, protect business and provide a better service to support business needs.
With police being a partner in the centres, they are a trusted brand, delivering low-cost cybersecurity services SME’s would not otherwise be able to afford.
The Police CyberAlarm is a free tool to help members understand and monitor malicious cyber activity. This service is made up of two parts: monitoring and vulnerability scanning.
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.