ISNorthEast is the Warning, Advice & Reporting Point for the north east government community (NEGWARP).
ISNorthEast brings together the governance, assurance and security professionals from public sector organisations in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and the Tees Valley. It allows them to get together on a regular basis to share good practice, exchange views and address information assurance and cyber security issues facing local public service organisations that could potentially be affecting everyone.
Membership is open to information security and information assurance officers from non-profit public service organisations in the north east region and their outsourced delivery partners and is free of charge. Members from organisations outside the north east region may be admitted at the forum’s discretion.
ISNorthEast holds quarterly half-day meetings in a central location where common issues are discussed, often with invited expert speakers. In addition to meetings, members receive a daily round ups of threats, vulnerabilities and relevant news stories.
Critically, members have a mechanism to immediately alert each other of real threats being encountered in a sort of ‘neighbourhood watch’ for public data and systems.
Particular successes have been around:
The group was started in 2006. It was named ‘ISNorthEast’ in 2013 and formally registered as the Warning, Advice & Reporting Point for the north east government community (NEGWARP) which links to a national network of WARPs, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and GCHQ’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG).
ISNorthEast has a presence on the CiSP national cyber security platform and its members contribute to wider discussions on the platform including in the North East Region CiSP Group.
Future plans include:
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Critical Alerts via the ISNorthEast warnings and notifications network
Warnings via the ISNorthEast warnings and notifications network
“ISNorthEast is an invaluable forum in which ideas, experience, best practice and common issues that cut across organisational boundaries can be discussed to the benefit of all of the members’ organisations.”
“We are pleased to have ISNorthEast as not just one of our neighbouring counterpart organisations, but also one of our closest and most like-minded partners. By working together almost from the inception of ISNorthEast both regions have benefitted significantly in being able to share resource, expertise and crucially to speak with a single voice when we need to do so on a national stage. We are also able to rely upon on each other to develop and lead appropriately on mutually beneficial initiatives to derive the most we can for the organisations we serve from ever scarcer resources.”
“We joined as an ‘out-of-area’ member in 2013. As well as prompt reporting and discussion of emerging security risks the group holds regular forums with industry experts. In the absence of a local WARP, ISNorthEast welcomed us into their group in the spirit of cross-border co-operation.”
"IS North East has provided me with a valuable insight into the Information Security Governance position of key partner organisations. It has proven to be an effective vehicle for frank and open discussion relating to compliance issues which, in my opinion, would not have been possible without its existence."
HR - ISNorthEast has around nearly 50 members representing 30 organisations (all of the local councils plus national government agencies, academia, health and emergency services).
ISNorthEast has gained recognition and credibility with the public sector and suppliers locally and across the UK.
Current Members include
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ISNorthEast is facilitated by the North Eastern ICT Partnership. Further information is available from:
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For full incident reporting procedures and categorisation guidelines, see the reporting an incident page (http://www.cesg.gov.uk/AboutUs/contactus/Pages/Contact-GovCertUK.aspx).
Last updated 16/2/2016