Who we are
The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) was established to channel funding, expertise and assistance directly to assist law enforcement cyber crime units in both domestic and international markets. We are a business-led organisation comprising large national and multi-national companies who recognise the need to provide additional resourcing and support to law enforcement officers around the world, in their fight against cybercrime.
To ensure that we gain maximum impact from our aims and objectives, the ICSPA seeks resource and support from Governments and Institutions that understand the need to assist countries facing the greatest challenges. Our view is that by increasing the capability, knowledge, training, skills, capacity and expertise of these front-line units, we can significantly help to reduce the harm caused to businesses, customers and citizens around the world.
The ICSPA was established in July 2011 with a very successful media launch attended by the Home Office Minister for Crime & Security, James Brokenshire MP and our Chair, the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP. We were delighted to have received for our organisation the personal endorsement from Former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Referring to the menace of cyber crime, Former Prime Minister had this to say about the ICSPA:
“The very nature of this threat calls for more than a national response; it demands a truly global response, and that is what the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance is all about. By forging new relationships between businesses, governments and law enforcement officers all over the world, by investing in new training, and by building an international exchange of expertise, the ICSPA is forming a network powerful enough – and wide enough, to face down Cybercrime. I’m pleased to support this important organisation and I wish you every success in your vital work ahead.”
Rt. Hon David Cameron
Home Office Minister for Crime & Security, James Brokenshire MP, speaking on behalf of the UK Government, added his support to the organisation during the launch
“Governments cannot deliver a safer online world. We need to work closely with industry, to ensure that safe infrastructure and services can be provided to the public and share information and skills. And we need industry to carry out the same work at an international level. ICSPA has been set up to do just that, and we very strongly welcome it……… .I have received a letter from Mr Blunkett offering ICSPA’s assistance in working with the Home Office, especially in the area of international outreach to governments and law enforcement organisations in countries which face the greatest challenges. I know that a similar offer has been made to the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance and I welcome this engagement”
James Brokenshire MP
Since our launch we have received over 300 separate media coverage items in many countries around the world. We have extended our membership base and are forming associations with thousands of industry professionals in over 42 countries.
Watch Former Prime Minister David Cameron talking at our launch in London on 5th July 2011.
Why we are here
Back in 2010, and looking to the decade ahead, we realised that internationally, law enforcement units engaged in fighting cybercrime would come under increasing financial and operational strain. We recognised the fact that a perfect storm was brewing; the exponential and unrelenting rise in cybercrime attacks, public funding under unprecedented global pressure, and the escalation in state-sponsored cyber attacks diverting Government attention to the protection of government departments and critical national infrastructures.
We anticipated that there would be funding gaps between that which Governments could provide and the burgeoning requirements of law enforcement units engaged in fighting cyber crime. The time was right for a new and radical approach; one which would bring a unique and unified approach to the cyber battle-field.
Our organisation recognises that the cyber security arena is flourishing with new ideas, fora and organisations. It is a busy playing field, with a great deal happening – and not before time, some would say. There is much to ponder and debate – but the ICSPA has no desire to be simply a ‘talking shop’! Our quest is simple, our focus is clear, and together with our international partners and members – we are already delivering our mission.
The defining aim of the ICSPA is to reduce harm from cybercrime targeted at businesses, their customers and their supply chains. Through effective collaboration with our member companies and with the support of respective Governments, we look at ways to provide practical assistance to law enforcement agencies and governments, to protect critical national infrastructures around the world.
To enhance the online safety and security of business communities, by helping to deliver resources and expertise from the private sector to support both domestic and international law enforcement agencies and their governments, in their task of reducing harm from cyber crime. This will include generating public sector funding from Governments and Institutions that wish to help increase the capacity and capability of cyber crime units, whilst implementing measures to improve cyber resilience across Critical National Infrastructures in countries which face the greatest challenges.
Through collective leadership and international collaboration, by embracing good practice and the support of global partnerships, we will work together to define, coordinate and promote world-class systems of support and sponsorship – thereby achieving a reduction in the harm to businesses and their customers from cyber crime.
By targeting support in this way, we aim to provide benefit to our business members, their customers and to the countries with whom we are engaged by reducing harm from cyber crime.
What makes us different?
Our organisation operates on the basis of sound and effective partnerships. In the UK, we have worked with the Cabinet Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Law Enforcement agencies. This work is focused on implementing activities to protect businesses and citizens from the harm caused by organised criminal groups and others who launch cyber attacks against the UK and its international partners.
Throughout the EU, where the ICSPA has formed a strategic partnership with Europol: the European Law Enforcement Agency, we use our combined knowledge and expertise to address some of the unique and challenging issues of cyber crime across the EU member states and beyond.
Similarly, as detailed in the following section, our wider international operations are designed to counter cyber crime and security attacks. We work in concert with, and at the request of governments and law enforcement and security agencies in many key regions from which cyber attacks are mounted. Assisting countries with cyber security programmes; sharing information on cyber attacks while spreading good practice about mitigation techniques – such offerings are central to the overall mission of the ICSPA.
Our Projects and Activities:
- Expanding the ICSPA to involve small and medium sized business around the globe and to engage with individual cybercrime and security experts who have much to offer.
- Getting CyberFit for 2020 – a series of cyber resilience measures designed to assist national governments’ cyber security strategies in preparation for the next decade.
- Project Cyberbridge – Seeking to create with the UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and industry partners a solution to disinfect the UK’s estimated 5.5 million+ infected IP addresses/devices.
- Project Canberra – Developing cyber-awareness applications as part of our commitment to public education; providing citizens with information and means to counter online crime.
- Project 2020 – an ICSPA Study into the likely evolution of cybercrime up to the year 2020 in partnership with Europol, ENISA, the City of London Police, Atos, McAfee, CGI Canada, Trend Micro, Cassidian and Visa. Project 2020 is an ongoing international effort to provide foresight on developments in cybercrime and related issues, drawing attention to key considerations for decision makers, manufacturers and service providers.
- Project Puma – Working with the UK Government to establish a global cyber security capacity building resource to be made freely available to all countries.
We have signed MOUs and are currently implementing projects with the following organisations:
- City of London Police & the UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
- Cyber NB, New Brunswick, Canada
- Council of Europe
- Commonwealth Secretariat’s ICT Foundation
- International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2
- International Association of Prosecutors; representing 145 prosecuting authorities in 96 jurisdictions around the world
Where we operate
The cyber threat landscape is a hostile and ever changing place – and the solutions need to keep evolving too. The ICSPA is always looking to develop new and innovative approaches to make the world a safer, more secure place in which we can live our lives and grow our businesses.
The ICSPA and its member companies recognise that, while executing the ICSPA mission to reduce harm from cyber crime, a range of projects will be identified and need to be supported. For example, implementing public information cyber security communication campaigns and websites directed at citizens and small businesses.
Here is a summary of some the activities and projects past and present as part of ICSPA’s International Outreach programme:
In Canada – working with the Canadian Government and RCMP to launch our Cybercrime Study on 8th May 2013 – measuring the impact of cybercrime on business communities in Canada. Followed by the promotion and introduction of good practice cyber security strategies across government and the private sector throughout Canada. In 2016 and beyond, working with Cyber NB to assist in the introduction of the Cyber Essentials standard to Canada.
Working in Ghana. In February 2012, we began implementing our International Cybercrime Assistance Programme in Ghana – working with the Ghanaian Government and our partners in the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency and the ITU, to begin implementing the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative. This will be an ongoing project with far-reaching beneficial implications for the future growth and economic stability of Ghana, its government, businesses and citizens.
Assisting other Commonwealth Countries -through the development of plans with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s ICT Foundation to assist various countries in Africa, the Caribbean and in the South Pacific with the implementation of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative. This constitutes an ongoing commitment for ICSPA
In Singapore, 2013, we joined forces with The Ministry of Home Affairs to collaborate with the Alliance on a major project involving the establishment of an ICSPA Hub in Singapore to address business communities in Asia Pac.
Productive events in Washington DC with Industry, Law enforcement, security agencies and the US Government (DHS, Department of Justice and State Department), supported by the British Embassy.
In Colombia and Brazil – where during 2012 to 15, ICSPA was involved in collaborative working with governments and law enforcement agencies