April 2016

London CiSP Group Launch, part of the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership

The Metropolitan Police Service are welcoming businesses to sign up to the London Group of the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), which is being launched today in London (April 21, 2016).

This initiative is a collaboration between CERT-UK, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), FALCON, London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) and MASS. MASS, a Cohort plc company, will be acting as ‘Champions’ for the London information sharing group, providing ongoing support to London members to facilitate effective discussion and information sharing on CiSP.

CiSP, run by CERT-UK, is a joint, collaborative initiative between industry and government to share cyber threat and vulnerability information. Through a secure online social networking platform, members are able to exchange information in real time. This communication increases overall situational awareness of cyber threats and therefore reduces the impact upon businesses.

The London Group is free to join and presents businesses with an opportunity to engage with industry, government and law enforcement counterparts in a secure environment. This initiative follows on from similar initiatives that have been launched in associated with Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) across the country.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Gibson, Director of CERT-UK said:

"I’m very pleased to be launching this Group. Cyberspace is simply too big for any organisation, whether public or private sector, to have sight on everything that’s going on and so there is a massive need to pool our information for mutual benefit. CiSP enables businesses and government to exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities as they occur in real time."

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, the national lead for cyber-crime, National Police Chiefs Council said:

"Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our local and regional economies and we take potential cyber threats to them extremely seriously.

There is much that companies can do to protect themselves. We know that basic 'cyber hygiene' steps can prevent around 80% of cyber-attacks. Similarly, we know that companies who have experienced and successfully dealt with a cyber-incident have knowledge and advice that others will find invaluable. This pertinent information, combined with our law enforcement expertise and the technical skill of our partners at CERT-UK will be the true benefit of this partnership."

Patrick Nuttall, Head of the LDSC said:

"The information sharing facilitated by the CiSP platform on a regional level will help provide more focussed and localised intelligence. Participants will benefit from a clearer picture of the most timely and serious threats within their local communities. This visibility of emerging threats in conjunction with good 'cyber hygiene' advice will help businesses better understand how to protect themselves."

Detective Superintendent Jayne Snelgrove, Head of FALCON, MPS commented:

"The CiSP is an excellent platform to share intelligence between partners quick time, to help safeguard networks against cyber-attacks. We welcome the introduction of the London CiSP Group which will allow businesses to have this capability and share information.

"The MPS FALCON teams are working hard to combat fraud and cybercrime affecting Londoners, this new Group will help us work with industry in our combined efforts."

Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS – MASS are acting as Champion for the London Group – said:

"The importance of cyber security should not be lost on any of us. Cyber threats come in many shapes and forms and sharing experience and information helps us all to counter those threats. MASS has a strong heritage in information assurance, cyber security consultancy and supporting highly classified, networked computer systems. We are pleased to be able to support this group and to act as Champion."

For more information on CiSP and to apply to become a member go to www.cert.gov.uk/cisp

For advice on how to protect your business go to www.getsafeonline.org/business/