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Policing cybercrime with the City of London Police

21 June 2019

The City of London and its Police Force has a significant role to play in supporting legal professionals to stay safe online. 18% of England and Wales barristers at law, solicitors and other legal professionals work in the Square Mile. The City Police have a responsibility to support them and other businesses in their community to stay safe. The City Police also play a key national role in online crime as they are the UK Policing Lead for Economic Crime and Cyber Reporting.

The City Police have launched Cyber Griffin, a training initiative that supports Square Mile businesses to protect themselves from cybercrime. This cyber security training is offered 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.

Doing business safely in a digital world

In the FCA Mission: Our Approach to Supervision, The Financial Conduct Authority highlight that as one of the world’s leading digital nations, technology is fundamental to how the UK does business in a modern world. According to the National Cyber Security Strategy 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, as highlighted in the Progress of the 2016-2021 National Cyber Security Programme, the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator estimated fraud losses in the UK of around £6.8 billion for individuals and £140 billion for the private sector, with more than half of fraud committed online.

The National Context

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.

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 provide guidance and advice, information, products and education that can be accessed online via their website. They work collaboratively with other law enforcement such as the City of London Police, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners. And when incidents do occur, they provide effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.

Cyber Griffin

To compliment and support national efforts, the City of London police have developed the free training and engagement program Cyber Griffin, to support businesses to protect themselves from cybercrime.

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.

"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. Cyber Griffin is about making sure that people at all levels of those organisations and businesses have access to the best advice in order to protect them and their businesses."

- City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson

Cyber Griffin Services

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 on the City of London Police website. 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 program, 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, that would usually be entrusted to IT teams, and giving 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, covers 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.