Information Security for London (ISfL), founded in 2003, the original and first WARP (Warning, Advice and Reporting Point) setup to broker secure information sharing between the London boroughs, has grown to work and serve the broader public sector community in London and draws its membership from this sector as well as the major charity and third sectors.

COVID-19: Be vigilant, stay safe

In times of crisis when fear of the unknown is heightened, people – particularly the vulnerable, become more susceptible to trickery. Unfortunately, there are plenty malicious individuals out there who are willing to leverage the situation in order to make a quick buck.

The government are relying on emails and text messages as communication channels and we are already seeing scams circulating which have untrustworthy links in them. Many have seen text messages which look like they come from GOV.UK and suggest that some kind of financial support package is available. They require your bank details and provide a link for you to click on. These texts are scams and should be deleted immediately. Remember, if the link does not end in “gov.uk” or “nhs.net”, it is not legitimate.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are taking down a lot of these malicious websites as soon as they become aware of them. If you are sent a suspicious email or text, please report it via the Netcraft website at: https://report.netcraft.com/report

Now that the Chancellor has announced the new Income Support Scheme for the self-employed, it is highly likely that a new wave of scam emails, calls and text messages claiming to be from HMRC will start to circulate. They will no doubt be offering financial help in exchange for you bank details etc. and probably contain a link where an email or text is concerned.

The messages will be scams – do not respond, delete immediately. HMRC do not contact people out of the blue asking for these details.

NEWS: ISfL Annual Conference 2021

Date: Wed 14th – Fri 16th July 2021
Venue: Virtual
Theme: Ethical use of Emerging Technology & Data

This year’s conference will be held with our new partner Socitm over the course of three mornings. Our technological ecosystem is getting smarter. As more and more smart devices and sensors get connected to our networks, how can we be sure what is happening to the data? Is it sensitive? How do we secure it? Should we even be sharing it?

This event is free to public sector members from all WARPs, places are limited. More information and registration details to follow…

COLLABORATION: ISfL seeks to support the pooling of its members efforts by working together to achieve the same information security goals. In this way the group makes the most of shared knowledge and experience, saving time and money.

ISfL collaborate wherever possible and have achieved a number of success stories including a well received and popular annual conference, the ISfL Protective Marking Methodology and the ISfL BYOD Toolkit as well as raising skills and awareness in the areas of information assurance, governance and security.

ISfL sees itself as a leader in public sector cyber security thinking, and embraces its WARP roots in working with other public sector WARPs in the UK.

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