Police CyberAlarm wins award at the first-ever COSPA

Police CyberAlarm, an initiative which is led by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)’s National Cyber Crime Programme has won at the Cyber Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). 

The virtual ceremony took place on Tuesday 14 December and saw representatives from across the global cybersecurity sector tune in to the awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of all this year’s finalists and winners.

Picking up the award for Outstanding Police/Law Enforcement Initiative, Police CyberAlarmwas recognised as a programme that has and continues to make a real difference in fighting cybercrime, not only raising awareness, but doing something positive around prevention, detection, response and recovery.

Police CyberAlarm is a free tool to help your business understand and monitor malicious cyber activity. Police CyberAlarm acts like a "CCTV camera" monitoring the traffic seen by a member\'s connection to the internet. It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities. 

Vulnerability scanning can be added and used to scan an organisations website and external IP addresses, providing regular reports of all known vulnerabilities.  By sharing suspicious activity data with Police members help identify trends, react to emerging threats, and identify, pursue, and prosecute cyber criminals.  

Detective Chief Inspector, Phillip Donnelly of the NPCC’s Cybercrime Programme commented: “After an incredibly challenging 18 months for businesses, where many have suffered at the hands of cybercriminals who are using the ongoing pandemic to launch attacks, we are delighted that Police CyberAlarm has been recognised for its work in striving to make a significant difference in the fight against cybercrime.   

“There are many steps businesses and organisations can take to help secure themselves from falling victim to an attack. As a Police CyberAlarm member, organisations will benefit from regular reports detailing suspicious and potentially malicious attack activity on their firewall/internet gateway. It will show them how they are being attacked, and where from so they can improve their cyber resilience. It will also help law enforcement identify current threats and take enforcement action against cyber criminals,” continues Detective Chief Inspector Donnelly

“Any business or organisation with a computer network can sign up for free and join the growing network of Police CyberAlarm members so I’d urge them to become a member today.”

Businesses and organisations can sign up on the cyberalarm.police.uk website. They will then receive a unique code and when this is added to their website, it will provide access to full instructions and how to install Police CyberAlarm.