The UK Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) has launched a threat data-sharing “East Midlands regional node” to help firms, police, government groups and academia in the region share cyber attack threat data.
The Node was launched by the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) wing of CERT-UK and will let participating members anonymously or publicly share information about cyber incidents. The initiative is designed to help boost cyber security in the region by letting firms warn each other about incoming threats without fear of reprisal or loss of reputation.
CERT-UK said the initiative has already accrued 25 members following an introduction day held at the University of Derby on 13 August. The day saw attendees listen to presentations from high-profile organisations and security firms participating in CISP, including BT, FireEye, BAE Systems and Trend Micro.
The partnership is part of the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and CERT-UK’s ongoing goal to boost the UK’s cyber defences.
Leader of the East Midlands ROCU and the national lead for cyber crime at the Association of Police Officers (ACPO) Peter Goodman praised the node’s launch promising it will help protect businesses of all sizes, not just enterprise companies.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our local and regional economies and we take potential cyber threats to them extremely seriously. There is much that companies can do to protect themselves. We know that basic ‘cyber hygiene’ steps can prevent around 80 percent of cyber attacks,” he said.
“Similarly, we know that companies who have experienced and successfully dealt with a cyber incident have knowledge and advice that others will find invaluable. This pertinent information, combined with our law-enforcement expertise and the technical skill of our partners at CERT-UK will be the true benefit of this partnership.”
The government launched the CISP initiative in 2013. Security experts, including representatives from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and FireEye have expressed concerns that CISP is failing to help SMBs.