Warwickshire Police has this week announced that every business and organisation in the region can now get access to a free tool called Police CyberAlarm, designed to help them understand and monitor the threats they face from malicious cyber activity. Funded by Government, Police CyberAlarm acts as like ‘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 their cyber resilience. Once a business or organisation becomes a Police CyberAlarm member, they 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 of the content of any network traffic it monitors the logs relating to the traffic to identify suspicious activity. It is designed to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.
Police CyberAlarm can benefit any business with a computer network including SMEs, organisations, public and private sector, charities, education establishments and local government.
As a Police CyberAlarm member, they will benefit from regular reports detailing suspicious and potentially malicious aLack activity on their firewall/ internet gateway. It will show them how they are being aLacked, 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.
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.
Businesses can sign up on the cyberalarm.police.uk 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.