In April 2003, London Connects and CPNI launched a pilot project called the Warning, Advice & Reporting Point (WARP). The idea was that a community of like-minded individuals would be created – a community who had something in common: ICT. More specifically, information security and the risks and threats that can be associated with corporate ICT infrastructures.

The premise was that a WARP could offer its members three core services:

  • WARNING – a feed of filtered notifications about current threats and vulnerabilities
  • ADVICE – facilitation of information sharing and good practice
  • REPORTING – a means by which members can report incidents to the WARP operator for anonymous sharing

This pilot WARP community was set up using the London boroughs of which there are 33 and was originally known as the London Connects WARP or LCWARP. A few years later, the group decided to change the name to Information Security for London (ISfL).

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) actively engage with WARPs across the country and more information can be found on their website at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/articles/what-warp