September 17th 2015 saw the launch of the Yorkshire and Humber regional CiSP node. The CiSP, part of CERT-UK, is a joint industry government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information.
WHAT IS CiSP?
The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), part of CERT-UK, is a joint industry government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase overall situational awareness of the cyber threat and therefore reduce the impact on UK business.
CiSP allows members from across sectors and organisations (government, business and academia) to exchange cyber threat information in real time, on a secure and dynamic environment, whilst operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information.
WHO IS CiSP AIMED AT?
CiSP is primarily designed to assistbusinesses and organisations (across all sectors) to protect themselves from the Cyber threats/vulnerabilities they face or may have already encountered. CiSP will allow them to share information about these issues, on a confidential platform, and to seek tailored advice and support from CERT UK and their partners across industry which will allow them to reduce the impact to their business.
WHY THE NEED FOR CiSP?
Small and medium sized enterprise businesses (SME’s) are the back bone of the British Economy and it is vital that they understand the importance of protecting themselves from Cyber Crime and the Cyber vulnerabilities they face. Government recognised the risks that these businesses face and the potential damage to the UK economy if business does not protect itself. As a result they launched CiSP in September 2013. Since then membership has been steadily growing and there have been some notable success stories in helping businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
CiSP is a key component of the UK’s Cyber security strategy and the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Organised Crime Unit’s PROTECT strand. The intention is to increase membership of CiSP and to alert as many businesses as possible that it exists and is there to assist them with their Cyber Security.
To that end we would encourage all staff members who have contact with SME businesses/organisations for whatever reason, to promote the CiSP platform to them. Consider any organisation who has a responsibility to hold data securely on behalf of its customers/members. Staff responsible for Information/Data security and IT Security should consider representing their businesses on CiSP.
The Yorkshire and Humberside regional CiSP node is managed by the Protect Officer at the Regional Organised Crime Unit.
For further information on CiSP please contact the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or click on the links below to find out more about CERT UK, CiSP and the definition of an SME business.
European Commission - Small and Medium-sized enterprises [SMEs]