NWGWARP speed ahead
The North West Government Warning, Advice and Reporting Point (WARP) is now up and running thanks to a £20k grant from central Government. The WARP provides tailored security information and support to a growing number of local government organisations in the North West to ensure the smooth running of their services. The WARP is also being developed as a forum for government security related discussion in the region.
The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is home to a research group in computer security and the WARP activity is an excellent opportunity to provide knowledge transfer to the regional community. At present the WARP is manned by three of the School’s security PhD student researchers: Bo Zhou, Faycal Bouhafs and Kashif Kifayat, and is being managed by Dr. Bob Askwith and Professor Madjid Merabti.
Dr. Askwith explained the important role the WARP fulfils: “Faced with the problems associated with computer security on a daily basis, and as a major user of diverse IT infrastructure, local government authorities are particularly vulnerable. NWGWARP supports a trusted community for local authorities to pool their resources in light of increasing security threats, benefiting from each other’s experiences, and ensuring that the right security information reaches the right people so it can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.”