‘Cyber CCTV’ on offer to all East Midlands businesses

Police CyberAlarm helps business understand and monitor malicious cyber activity.

Police CyberAlarm is a Government-funded program which monitors internet connections.

Every business in the East Midlands can now access a free digital tool designed to help understand and monitor incoming threats from hackers.

Police CyberAlarm was introduced to a number of organisations in the region via the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) as part of a pilot. Following its success, the government-funded initiative is now being rolled out across the country.

EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Phil Donnelly said:

“The threat of cyber attacks against businesses are increasing and police and industry need to work together to combat this threat.
“This new tool acts like a CCTV camera, monitoring the traffic seen by a business’ 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. The server collects traffic logs, but not the content of the traffic. It is designed to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.

The benefits of being a Police CyberAlarm member include regular reports revealing suspicious and potentially malicious attack activity on firewalls/internet gateways. It details how the attack is happening and where it is coming from, so that improvements can be made to the business’ cyber resilience. It will also help law enforcement identify current threats and take enforcement action against cyber criminals.