Nigerian NGO Technology Against Crime partners with Cyber Peace Foundation for Cyber Defense initiatives in Africa

Nigerian NGO Technology Against Crime partners with Cyber Peace Foundation for Cyber Defense initiatives in Africa

Nigerian NGO Technology Against Crime partners with Cyber Peace Foundation for Cyber Defense initiatives in Africa Nigerian NGO Technology Against Crime partners with Cyber Peace Foundation for Cyber Defense initiatives in Africa

●     To work towards Cyber Defense Initiatives

●     To Establish CPF Center of Excellence (CoE), Nigeria

●     Official Industry partner for TAC Africa Drone and Counter Drone Projects

May 18, 2020, National: Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF) an award-winning Indian civil society organization and think tank of cybersecurity and policy has joined hands with Africa based NGO, Technology Against Crime Initiative (TAC Africa). TAC Africa is a futurist oriented, Law Enforcement Centric NGO borne out of an International Law Enforcement Conference on Technology for a Safer World. The alliance is made to work upon the goals and initiatives in the global fight against cybercrime, data-protection, diplomacy, inclusion & outreach, research, cybersecurity of drone and counter-drone technology among others.

The objective of the partnership is to work towards curbing the increasing number of cybercrime, encouraging research in the field of cybersecurity, cyber defense and emerging technology platforms, etc. The partnership will also help to introduce new courses on cybercrime investigation, security and internet engineering, drone and counter-drone systems and governance subject to prior approvals of academic council of university and other legal requirements.

“The strategic partnership pact with Cyber Peace Foundation is to build Cyber capacity, drone and emerging technology capabilities for Academia, Law Enforcement Agencies and relevant stakeholders within the African region. We believe this will curb the brazen audacity with which technologically aided crimes are carried out within the region, said Mr. Jerry Akubo, Founder & CEO, TAC NGO Africa. 

Vineet Kumar, Founder, Cyber Peace Foundation said “As the world becomes more connected through devices, cybersecurity and awareness takes the centre stage. We all need to work towards the safety of being online through new learnings, policies and law enforcement. With TAC, we pledge to build cyber peace and trust in technology and the internet.”

Cyberattacks are causing ever-greater harm to people and civilian infrastructures around the world. The most damaging attacks have destroyed businesses, halted economies, and shut down hospitals. With these unprecedented times the entire world is on the internet and the attackers are maliciously working towards harming these innocents through varied ways.

This partnership will promote and share information on the following initiatives:

●     Official Industry partners for TAC Africa Drone & Counter Drone projects

●     Instituting a Cyber Defense Initiative for Academia, Law Enforcement Agencies & Financial Institutions within the region

●     Establishing of CPF Center of Excellence (CoE) in Nigeria

Editor The Covid Telegraph comment, this initiative shows what can be done in the current lockdown period and is a great initiative helping Africa. Foir further information please contact the Editor and he can put you in touch with Mr Akubo or his team.

NCSC Assessment of new NHS tracing App

NCSC Assessment of new NHS tracing App

NHS COVID-19 is a new contact-tracing app that has been designed and built by the NHS to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Once you’ve installed the app, it will send you an alert if you’ve been in close contact with other users of the app who’ve reported that they’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms. This allows you to take steps to avoid passing the virus on (for example by self-isolating).

  • If you’d like to install the app (it’s entirely voluntary), you’ll be helping to slow the transmission of the coronavirus.
  • You can decide if you want to tell the app that you’re suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
  • The app does not collect any of your personal data.
  • Any information you choose to submit is protected at all times.
  • Any information you submit is deleted once it is no longer needed to help manage the spread of coronavirus.

How does the app work?

The NHS COVID-19 app was designed and built by the NHS digital team, and works like this:

  • Once you’ve installed the app on your phone, it can detect (using Bluetooth) if other phones that are also running the app are nearby.
  • Importantly, the app knows how close it has been to other phones running the app, and for how long. This allows the app to build up an idea of which of these phones owners are most at risk.
  • If you then use the app to report that you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, all the phones that have been nearby will receive an alert from the app.
  • Users reading the alert will now know they may have been near a person with coronavirus, and can then self-isolate.
  • If the NHS later discovers that your diagnosis was wrong (and your reported symptoms are not coronavirus), the other users will receive another alert, letting them know if they can stop self-isolating.

Please download and use the NHS COVID-19 app. Each time a user reports symptoms (or even just installs the app), it helps the NHS to warn people who may become ill, and builds a picture of how the coronavirus is spread across the country.

How do I install the app?

The NHS COVID-19 App currently only works on the Isle of Wight. More information can be found here:

You should only download the app, when available, from official stores:

What permissions does the app require?

For the app to work, you’ll be asked to allow Bluetooth and Notifications.

Please note that Bluetooth will only work on Android phones ifLocation Services are enabled, so you’ll be asked to turn this feature on.

The app does not collect any location data.

What information do I need to provide to use the app?

Once you’ve installed the app, you’ll need to register your phone.

You be asked for the first part of your postcode so the NHS can plan your local NHS response. The app also records your phone’s make and model, which it needs to accurately measure the distance between the phones of people who’ve installed the app.

Unlike most apps, you will not be asked for any other information at this stage (such as name or email). No personal information is collected.

In order for the app to work, all users are assigned a random installation ID by the NHS. The NHS securely stores the first part of your postcode, your installation ID, and your phone make and model. Since no personal information is collected or stored by NHS, it’s not possible to link the installation ID to you as an individual.

As an extra layer of security, the app creates a different daily ID. This keeps your installation ID private from other users you may interact with.

What can other people see?

The app automatically searches for nearby phones that are using the same app by using Bluetooth Low Energy (so it won’t drain your battery). If it finds one, the apps will exchange and securely log the following information:

  • the other app’s daily ID
  • the date of the encounter
  • the Bluetooth signal strength and power (used to estimate the distance between the phones)
  • the length of time the phones were in contact

If you meet the same person on another day, the apps will see different Daily ID and will treat it as a brand new encounter. This has been intentionally designed into the app.

What happens if I report symptoms?

If you report coronavirus symptoms, other users who you’ve been near may receive an alert in their app, telling them that they may have been exposed to coronavirus.

They will not be told who reported symptoms or when the contact occurred. This protects your privacy.

What data does the NHS collect?

If you choose to submit your symptoms to the NHS, and the symptoms indicate you might have coronavirus, you will be asked to send the details of the encounters your phone has collected.

If you give your consent, the app will securely send these details to the NHS digital team:

  • no other information is sent
  • only the NHS has access to the details
  • the details will determine if any of these encounters might have caused someone to be exposed to coronavirus; this will always be based on the latest medical research

The details you submit let the NHS know how many apps in a postcode area have reported symptoms (or may have been exposed). This will be used to plan your local NHS resources, and to help learn more about the spread of coronavirus.

The NHS can decrypt the daily IDs from the details you submit to find the Installation ID of any apps that need to be notified about possible exposure to coronavirus. The NHS sends these notifications securely to the apps assessed to be at risk, giving the appropriate advice.

Public urged to flag coronavirus related email scams as online security campaign launches

Public urged to flag coronavirus related email scams as online security campaign launches

Public urged to flag coronavirus related email scams as online security campaign launches

A ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign and other services have been launched to combat cyber security threats.

  • Concern that criminals could look to capitalise on increased use of Internet devices
  • The National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, has today;
    • Launched‘Cyber Aware’ campaign promoting behaviours to mitigate threats
    • Created a world-leading scam reporting servicefor people to flag suspicious emails for the NCSC to assess and take down malicious content
    • Revealed they have already taken down 2,000 scams – including 471 fake online shops – trying to trick people looking for coronavirus-related services
    • Published new advice for individualsand organisations hosting online video conferences

Cyber experts have launched measures to protect the UK from online harm as the country continues to rely more on technology while staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, has today launched the cross-governmental ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign, which offers actionable advice for people to protect passwords, accounts and devices.

In addition to the broader campaign, the organisation has this morning published specific advice for personal and professional use of video conferencing services, with top tips on setting up your accounts, arranging a chat and protecting your device.

The NCSC has also today launched the pioneering ‘Suspicious Email Reporting Service’, which will make it easy for people to forward suspicious emails to the NCSC – including those claiming to offer services related to coronavirus.

This will build on the organisation’s existing takedown services, which have already removed more than 2,000 online scams related to coronavirus in the last month, including;

  • 471 fake online shops selling fraudulent coronavirus related items
  • 555 malware distribution sites set up to cause significant damage to any visitors
  • 200 phishing sites seeking personal information such as passwords or credit card details
  • 832 advance-fee frauds where a large sum of money is promised in return for a set-up payment

NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin said:

“Technology is helping us cope with the coronavirus crisis and will play a role helping us out of it – but that means cyber security is more important than ever.

“With greater use of technology, there are different ways attackers can harm all of us. But everyone can help to stop them by following the guidance campaign we have launched today. But even with the best security in place, some attacks will still get through.

“That’s why we have created a new national reporting service for suspicious emails – and if they link to malicious content, it will be taken down or blocked. By forward messages to us, you will be protecting the UK from email scams and cyber crime.”

Minister for Security James Brokenshire said:

“Criminals are seeking to exploit our greater use of emails, video conferencing and other technologies for their advantage.

“It’s despicable that they are using the coronavirus outbreak as cover to try to scam and steal from people in their homes. We all have a part to play in seeing they don’t succeed. 

“I encourage everyone to follow the Cyber Aware advice and to use the Suspicious Email Reporting Service. They provide important new ways in which we can protect ourselves as well as our families and businesses.”

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:

“Technology is helping us work remotely, connect with family and friends and access medical advice online, so we can stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. But cyber criminals are also exploiting this crisis to target people and organisations.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant online, follow the National Cyber Security Centre’s guidance on passwords and account security, and report suspected coronavirus related scams if you see them.”

The NCSC’s new guidance on the secure use of video conferencing services builds on a raft of advice published on the coronavirus outbreak started.

With many people in the UK trying video conferencing for the first time, the advice includes top tips on securely installing the app, creating a strong password and tracking who is joining the chat.

The NCSC also recommends that you do not make meetings public, connect only to people through your contacts or address book – and to never post the link or password publicly.

The Cyber Aware campaign will be delivered by the NCSC working alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will aim to help individuals and organisations to protect themselves online.

It urges people to protect their data passwords, the accounts they protect and the devices they use to access them.

The campaign encourages people to ‘Stay home. Stay Connected. Stay Cyber Aware’, and its top tips for staying secure online are;

  1. Turn on two-factor authentication for important accounts
  2. Protect important accounts using a password of three random words
  3. Create a separate password that you only use for your main email account
  4. Update the software and apps on your devices regularly (ideally set to ‘automatically update’)
  5. Save your passwords in your browser
  6. To protect yourself from being held to ransom, back up important data

This Suspicious Email Reporting Service has been co-developed with the City of London Police. By forwarding any dubious emails – including those claiming to offer support related to COVID-19 – to, the NCSC’s automated programme will immediately test the validity of the site. Any sites found to be phishing scams will be removed immediately.

As well as taking down malicious sites it will support the police by providing live time analysis of reports and identifying new patterns in online offending – helping them stop even more offenders in their tracks.

If people have lost money, they should tell their bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud, but the new Suspicious Email Reporting Service will offer an automated service to people who flag what they think to be a suspicious email.

The raft of measures announced today by the NCSC to protect the UK during the coronavirus outbreak have been supported by a wide range of organisations.

Commander Karen Baxter, City of London Police, National Lead for Fraud, said:

“As we all stay indoors and spend more time online there is more opportunity for criminals to try and trick people into parting with their money. 

“Law enforcement are working closely with government to ensure the public, and businesses, are as well-equipped as possible to fight online harms.

“This process will be greatly assisted by the new suspicious email reporting service which empowers the public and enhances police capabilities to step up their response to fraud.

“Officers have already executed a number of warrants across the country to target and disrupt criminals sending emails and texts designed to steal your money.”

Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“Unfortunately scammers see these uncertain and worrying times as an opportunity to prey on people. We’re encouraging the public to report any suspicious emails to the NCSC’s new takedown service.

“Through our own Scams Action service – made up of a dedicated helpline and special tool which offer advice for people affected by online scams – we see first-hand the devastating impact these terrible crimes have.

“This initiative will help take down even more harmful sites, which means fewer victims”.

Kevin Brown, managing director of BT Security, said:

“As we adjust to the current situation and online services become even more critical, it’s vital that we are all aware of and follow security best practice.

“The NCSC has provided a fantastic set of guidance and resources for the UK’s citizens and businesses, and we’re delighted to be working with them to keep the UK safe online.”



Licence Dispensation Notices (LDN) – a SIA update

Licence Dispensation Notices (LDN) – a SIA update

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

17 April 2020

A message from our Chief Executive

Last week I updated you on some key initiatives we are rolling out to enable businesses to continue to operate while managing this crisis.

In response to the messages we receive from you, we are constantly exploring ways to support licence applicants and their employers. This week we have introduced changes to the rules for the issue of Licence Dispensation Notices (LDN) – a facility for approved contractors. We have also taken steps to reduce the need for those renewing their licence to have to go to the Post Office.

Details of these changes are outlined below.

To make it easier for approved contractors to quickly deploy staff in the current crisis, as of today:

  • A Licence Dispensation Notice (LDN) may be issued to an operative whose application is at Next Steps and has been paid for, rather than waiting until it reaches Checks in Progress.
  • The duration of LDNs has been extended from 10 to 20 weeks before needing to be renewed. This applies to both first and subsequent LDNs. We will keep these arrangements under review. More information on this change and guidance on the use of LDNs is available on our website.

Over the last few weeks a number of you have raised concerns about having to go to a Post Office as part of the licence renewal process. In response to this, we have changed our processes so that most people who are renewing their licence will not need to go to the Post Office to have their documents checked. If you are renewing your licence, you will receive instructions through the online account so please log into your account for guidance.

We are currently working on further initiatives and I will share more information on this soon.

Our office is still closed and so for the time being we ask that people do not send any documents to us. I want to assure you that any documents already in our possession are being stored safely and will be returned as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are continuing to provide assistance through our customer support team. If you require help, please contact us through your online account or via the ‘contact us’ form on this website. We are responding to business enquiries within 48 hours, and to individuals as quickly as possible, usually within five working days.

Please continue to follow the Government advice- this link opens in a new window

Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Ian Todd
Chief Executive

SIA Advice to Retailers

SIA Advice to Retailers

Advice to Retailers Hiring Additional Staff to Manage Queues and Social Distancing

This guide is about queues outside retail premises.

Many shops are asking customers to queue outside their premises to support social distancing. If you employ people to manage a queue like this, they may need to hold an SIA licence. If they do, and they don’t have one, they will be breaking the law.

Any person contracted from a third party supplier who performs a licensable activity must have an SIA licence (or a Licence Dispensation Notice issued by the SIA to an Approved Contractor).

If the role includes any licensable activities such as preventing disorder or theft, they may be required by law to hold an SIA licence.

This simple guide is intended to help you decide if the person who is supervising the queues should be licensed.

This guide is about queues outside retail premises. Advice about licensed premises where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises should be sought separately.

Download the SIA Guide HERE