The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) has announced that every business and organisation in the region can now get access to a free tool designed to help them understand and monitor the threats they face from malicious cyber activity.
Funded by Government, Police CyberAlarm acts like a ‘CCTV camera’ monitoring the traffic seen by a businesses’ connection to the internet.
It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling a business to take steps to improve its cyber resilience.
Once a business or organisation becomes a Police CyberAlarm member, it will need to install the ‘CyberAlarm Virtual Server’ which will then collect and process traffic logs identifying suspicious activity from the firewall.
Police CyberAlarm does not see any content of any network traffic, as it monitors the logs relating to the traffic to identify suspicious activity. It is designed to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.
As a Police CyberAlarm member, organisations will benefit from regular reports detailing suspicious and potentially malicious attack activity on its firewall or internet gateway.
This will show colleagues how they are being attacked, and where from so they can improve their cyber resilience. It will also help law enforcement identify current threats and take enforcement action against cyber criminals.
Police CyberAlarm can benefit any business with a computer network including SMEs, organisations, public and private sector, charities, education establishments and local government.
Detective Sergeant Louisa Barry, Regional Cyber Crime Co-ordinator at ERSOU, said: “The threat of cyber-attacks against businesses are increasing and police and industry need to work together to combat this threat.
"Police CyberAlarm is a great example of what can be achieved when policing and private industry work together.
“We know that the average cost of a cyber attack to a small business is around £11,000 and we know that there are thousands of successful attacks every day.
"Cyber Security should be a priority for every single business no matter how big or small that business is. This is a police led project which businesses can trust.
"There is no catch to signing up, it is being offered for free and we want to get as many businesses across the east.
“The more members we have, the more data we get which will provide law enforcement with a much richer intelligence picture about the current and emerging threats businesses are facing.
"The data will also be presented back to members in the form of regular reports to help them take steps to improve their cyber security. I would urge businesses to sign up and take advantage of all Police CyberAlarm has to offer.”
Businesses can sign up on the cyberalarm.police.uk/#join website. They will then receive a unique code which once added to the website will provide access to full instructions and how to install Police CyberAlarm.
The ERSOU tackles serious organised crime and the terrorism threat across the East of England. It is made up of a regional organised crime unit and a counter terrorism policing unit and carries out investigations on behalf of police forces in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk.