Tuesday 04 August 2020

Cyber Security Network

East Midlands Government WARP

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 - Susan Horobin, Nottinghamshire County Council

Lead Officer - Kirsty Lowe, kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk 

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.

The costs for 2020/21 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

In the last year, the network has benefitted from engaging network meetings, providing an opportunity to hear from the National Cyber Security Centre, the LGA and from a variety of cyber security focused companies. 

In 2019/20 the network members have benefitted increasingly from hearing directly from network members on specific projects that they have implemented, along with their lessons learnt. Over the next year we will continue to build on this and future develop the network meetings to ensure that they continue to respond to network members and their priorities.

The benefits include;

  • Cyber Development sessions for staff- with the first workshop to be held on 10 March and further to be arranged across 2020/21.
  • Quarterly network meetings – providing members with the opportunity to share
    • Operational Security challenges (vulnerability management, protecting monitoring, incident response…)
    • Compliance challenges (PCI DSS, PSN, GDPR, knowledge and information…)
    • Implementing new technologies and embedding security into the project (Cloud,  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 kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk at East Midlands Councils for further information.

Terms of Reference

EMGWARP Terms of Reference Final (Agreed 31 January 2020)