London Police launches Cyber Griffin initiative for Square Mile firms

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London Police launches Cyber Griffin initiative for Square Mile firms

The City of London Police has launched a new initiative, dubbed Cyber Griffin, to help firms based in London's Square Mile become more resilient against cyber-attacks.

The force believes that the initiative, which will include specially-trained officers leading a series of community focused exercises, threat briefings, and incident response training, will help those firms the most that have very little knowledge of cyber threats and will also help IT security staff at many companies improve their incident response capabilities.

"As criminals working in the cyberspace become more sophisticated, it’s important we all have at least basic skills to combat those that seek to do us harm. Through this initiative the police and industry can work together to share skills and knowledge to protect ourselves from this evolving crime," said Ian Dyson, City of London Police Commissioner and National Policing Lead for Economic Crime.

"Although cyber criminality challenges traditional policing as we know it, we are now more capable than ever to tackle the problem. However, it’s imperative we work with our local community to do this, especially in such a unique area as the City of London which is full of businesses who have the potential to be the target for a cyber attack," said Sergeant Charlie Morrison who will lead the Cyber Griffin delivery team.

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New initiatives under Cyber Griffin

As part of Cyber Griffin, specially-trained officers from the City of London Police will offer free threat briefings to staff at all levels of businesses so that they can learn basic defender skills in key areas.

At the same time, the officers will deliver three different levels of incident response, all of which will provide an invaluable insight into police decision making. The exercises will cover a basic response right up to an expert response played out in real-time for more senior members of the business.

Police officers will also set up groups of people composed of people with dedicated threat intelligence and experience in cyber security as well as people who have no experience whatsoever in cyber security. This will ensure that those who have such knowledge will share the same with others, thereby ensuring that every staff member will have a certain idea about cyber threats and how to deal with such threats.

“Cyber criminals specialise in looking for the weak spots in our security. Cyber Griffin therefore is about basics done well. Through briefings, incident response drills, and expert guidance, the aim is to get the fundamentals right every time," Sergeant Morrison added.

"This is an encouraging step for the City of London police to take. Their involvement with the UK's economy through the Square Mile puts them in a unique position where they can make a real difference, leading the way in encouraging the UK's largest financial institutions from the dangers of malicious actors online," says Tim Helming, director of product management at DomainTools.

"Cybercrime is now so organized and widespread that it is more than capable of effecting an organizations bottom line, reputation, and in the case of financial institutions within the Square Mile, the UK's economy as a whole. Any attempts to stop this happening should be encouraged and supported wherever possible," he adds.

In April last year, soon after taking over as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that she would launch new training programmes for officers to enable them to tackle cyber crime.

"I would like to see data and the digital world more of an advantage to us than it is to the criminal, and I’m not sure that’s entirely true at present," she said while talking to reporters at Lewisham police station.

"We’ll be introducing a range of new technology. From cutting-edge mobile technology for officers, to flexible online services so the people of London can interact with us more easily more quickly and more immediately. From new back-office policing systems and applications to information management and infrastructure platforms. All designed to enable the Met to serve London more effectively and efficiently," the Met Police’ website read after she took over.

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Jay Jay

Jay has been a technology reporter for almost a decade. When not writing about cybersecurity, he writes about mobile technology for the likes of Indian Express, TechRadar India and Android Headlines

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