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Police Digital Service’s ‘outstanding’ cybercrime work recognised with award

The Police Digital Service’s National Management Centre (NMC) has been awarded a National Cybercrime Programme Chief Superintendents Commendation for its “outstanding role” in protecting UK law enforcement against cyber threats.

Feb 7, 2024

By Paul Jacques

In the past 12 months the NMC has analysed 158,499 cyber security alerts, and led on 20 national cyber incidents impacting UK policing, from third party data breaches, to potential attacks on key UK events such as Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.

The NMC also shared 2,795 actionable cyber threat intelligence alerts with police forces, giving advice and guidance to remediate threats before they happened. More than 1,100 of these alerts were high priority that forces needed to action immediately to protect UK policing from cyber threat.

Operating since 2019, the NMC provides 24/7 support to 42 UK police forces and national functions.

The award was presented at the annual National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) National Cybercrime Programme, Commissioners and Chief Superintendents’ Awards.

Stephen Reid, Director of NMC, said: “This commendation is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire team at the NMC. We are honoured to be recognised by the NPCC for our contributions to tackling cybercrime and ensuring the security of our digital landscape.”

Ian Bell, chief executive officer of the Police Digital Service, added: “Collaboration is key in the fight against cyber threats, and the NMC exemplifies this ethos.

“This commendation is well-deserved and reflects the centre’s pivotal role in maintaining the resilience of our national cybersecurity infrastructure.”

Looking ahead, the NMC has expanded its offering with an enhanced monitoring service, providing 24/7 support for major national and international events. This initiative underscores the NMC’s commitment to proactive and reactive measures, ensuring security and mitigating potential threats.

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