Tuesday 01 September 2015

EMGWARP Network

The East Midlands Government Warning, Advice and Reporting Point (EMGWARP) Network is a member community of local authority officers concerned with Information Security, who take part in regular meetings and share each other's experience in fields such as Information Assurance, Emergency Planning and policy compliance.

The EMGWARP is a network of public sector organisations and more importantly a network of information security professionals working for those organisations who are faced with the daily, daunting task of meeting the various information security compliance challenges.

The network meets on a quarterly basis, in the last year, the network has benefitted from engaging network meetings, including a presentation from GovCERT, as well as members sharing details of their PSN experiences and queries. 

Chair of network - Tony Smith, Chesterfield Borough Council 

Vice Chair of network - David Davenport, Derbyshire County Council

Lead Officer - Kirsty Lowe, kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk or call 01664 502637

They meet and engage in hot topics and issues for information assurance at an operational level, providing authorities with an opportunity to share and discuss wider IT infrastructure issues with 29 of the regions local authorities in membership.

Cities – 2 of the regions cities in membership

Counties – 5 of the regions counties

District Authorities – 22 authorities

The costs for 2015/16 membership

The EMGWARP is a subscription based network, the cost to subscribe is;

District/Borough - £300 + VAT

County/Unitary - £1,000 +VAT 

The benefits of membership

  • Filtered Warning Service - membership vastly reduces the task and cost of keeping up to date and secure, a filtered Warning Service is a more efficient way of finding out about IT and information security issues and results in a significant saving of staff time for authorities
  • Quarterly network meetings – providing members with the opportunity to share
      • Operational Security challenges (vulnerability management, protecting monitoring, incident response…)
      • Compliance challenges (PCI DSS, PSN, Data Protection Regulations…
      • Implementing new technologies and embedding security into the project (Cloud, BYOD, customer self-service…
      • Business Continuity challenges (planning, test exercises, business impact assessments, utilising new technologies
  • Information request service – providing the opportunity to ask questions of the network members, providing the opportunity to access information from a large number of other local authorities
  • Validated and trusted reporting environment which enables participants to benefit from the experience of others when attacks are taking place
  • A trusted community of interest - where members can report incidents and seek advice without the fear that the information will be used to against them, it provides an opportunity for members to learn from each other’s experiences
  • Collective bargaining for procuring goods and services

How to become a member of the EMGWARP

If you are interested in becoming a member of the EMGWARP please contact Kirsty Lowe at East Midlands Councils for further information.

Terms of Reference

EMGWARP Terms of Reference

Meetings

The EMGWARP network meetings are held at the East Midlands Councils offices, Melton Mowbray.

For information about future meeting dates please visit - EMGWARP-Network Meeting Dates