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 - to be confirmed at January 2017 meeting
Lead Officer - Kirsty Lowe, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – 4 of the regions counties
District Authorities – 23 authorities
The last EMGWARP netwokr meeting took place on 28 January 2016. The meeting included a presentation on SIEM and Resilience Direct.
Resilience Direct Presentation
The costs for 2015/16 membership
The EMGWARP is a subscription based network, the cost to subscribe is;
District/Borough - £306 + VAT
County/Unitary - £1,020 +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
For information about future meeting dates please visit - EMGWARP-Network Meeting Dates