Cyber Griffin supports efforts to counter cybercrime
City Police work on the front line in the fight against cybercrime and have developed the free training and engagement program Cyber Griffin.
Opportunities in a digital world
The UK is a leader in the tech economy globally; it exported £1.8bn of cyber security services in 2017 and exports are forecast to rise to £3.2bn by 2022. The UK has the largest cyber security market in Europe, valued at just over $5bn, and one third of all global cyber insurance goes through the City of London.
Currently the UK cyber industry employs more than 100,000 people, across 8,000 companies, including start-ups and SMEs.
Doing business safely in a digital world
As one of the world’s leading digital nations, technology is fundamental to how the UK does business in a modern world. This means that much of the UK’s prosperity now depends on the ability to secure technology, data and networks from the many threats faced.
Given reliance on digital tools, the economic effects of cybercrime can be significant. Although there is much uncertainty around the actual figures of fraud, the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator estimated online fraud losses in the UK of around £73.4bn.
The national cyber security approach
In response to the cyber threat, the Government has committed to making the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business, with £1.9bn in transformative cyber security investments by 2021. The City Police play a key national role as they are the UK Policing Lead for Economic Crime and Cyber Reporting.
Government activity in cyber is directed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It was launched in October 2016, bringing together expertise from CESG (the information assurance arm of GCHQ), the Centre for Cyber Assessment, CERT-UK, and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure. The NCSC provides UK-wide services, including free resources.
The City of London
The City of London and its police force have a responsibility to support people and businesses in the Square Mile to stay safe online. To give a picture of the scope of the City Police’s work, 8,000 people live in the Square Mile, over 400,000 commute to the City every day for work and over 10 million visit as tourists every year.
41% of people living and working in the City were born outside the UK, 46% of London’s financial services professionals and 18% of England and Wales’s legal professionals work here (ONS, 2019). A fifth of the UK’s financial services Gross Value Added is produced in the Square Mile (City of London Corporation, 2018).
City Police and cyber
To complement and support national efforts, the City of London Police have developed the free training and engagement program Cyber Griffin
“About 80% of the cybercrime reported in the City of London is from businesses, so it’s important that we work with businesses to make sure that they don’t become victims of cybercrime in the future.” – City of London Police Commissioner, Ian Dyson
The City Police work on the front line in the fight against cybercrime and have up-to-the-minute knowledge on the threats facing businesses. They use their insider knowledge, specialist technical and compliance expertise, and their trusted and neutral position to support professionals and businesses.
Cyber Griffin security training is offered by City Police free of charge, with tailorable training options for those who are completely new to cyber security, right through to cyber security professionals in the Square Mile.
Baseline Briefings – Supporting all your staff to do the basics well
People are both the greatest cyber security asset and the greatest risk. This two-hour baseline briefing guides non-technical staff through current cyber threats and provides simple practical protection training, teaching the most effective and easy to adopt defender skills, sufficient to defeat even the most prolific cyber attacks.
Registration of attendance for the monthly briefings can be made at www.colp.uk/cybergriffin/events
Groups of over 40 can book as private briefings, where an officer will come and speak at a company.
Business Continuity – Bespoke advice and threat assessment
The Business Continuity training programme, targeted at those who manage the cyber business plan or business continuity, is an opportunity to discuss company businesses’ cyber planning with experts from the City of London Police and receive an external online security scan of the company. It provides face-to-face, practical, confidential support and guidance.
Table Top Exercise – Simulating the cyber security decision making process
In the Table Top Exercise, a simulation takes executive teams through hard cyber security decisions about technology investments and practical challenges. It reveals the consequences of a sequence of decisions, which would usually be entrusted to IT teams, and gives executives a chance to discuss the strategic principles behind cyber security with expert police.
Gold / Silver / Bronze Training – Incident response training
Aimed at incident responders within an organisation, Gold Silver Bronze training gives in-depth incident response coaching to the private sector, covering Police Major Incident Procedures such as how to form a command structure and how to write a decision log.
Disclaimer: Cyber Griffin is a tool for assisting businesses to manage and deal with cybercrime. It is not in itself a cure for all cybercrime, merely part of a series of measures to be adopted to assist in tackling this phenomenon. More will be revealed during the training courses to be held on this issue.
Policy Advisor (Cyber) City of London Police
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