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Warwickshire businesses urged to sign up to new cyber-security scheme

Stratford Editorial 22nd May, 2021   0

BUSINESSES in Warwickshire are being urged to sign up to a new cyber-security scheme.

Detectives from Warwickshire Police’s Cybercrime Team are encouraging firms to sign up to the Police CyberAlarm scheme, designed to help them and police better understand and monitor cyber threats.

The government-funded scheme monitors traffic seen by a business’ internet connection. It detects and reports suspected malicious activity, allowing businesses to take steps to improve their cyber resilience.

Police CyberAlarm can benefit any business with a computer network including SMEs, organisations, public and private sector, charities, education establishments and local government.

Det Sgt Martin Metcalfe from the Warwickshire Police Cyber Crime Team said: “The more businesses that sign up for this scheme, the better picture we’ll get of cyber threats in the county and the better able we are to protect the wider business community.

“The system is free and does not see any of the content of network traffic. It monitors traffic logs and identifies suspicious activity. We can reassure businesses that it is designed to protect personal data, trade secrets and intellectual property.”

Members of Police CyberAlarm will get regular reports detailing suspicious and potentially malicious activity on their firewall or internet gateway. It will also show them how they can improve their cyber resilience and help law enforcement identify threats and take enforcement action against cyber criminals.

Contact PCSO James Squire at [email protected] for more information, or visit www.cyberalarm.police.uk to sign up.

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