British Government Launches Counter Terror Online Platform to Link Industry and Public Sector

The British government has launched a new counter-terrorism project to keep the public safe by enhancing collaboration between business, industry and the public sector.

This joint initiative will include an interactive online platform that will provide secure expert advice and training to businesses and public sector organizations to help them develop their own counter-terrorism approaches. In the event of an attack, the platform will give businesses access to timely and accurate information.

The £10 million project is being funded by Pool Re, the terrorism reinsurer, and led by Counter Terrorism Policing, in partnership with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre, part of the Home Office.

Security Minister, Ben Wallace, said the project is one of the first of its kind – a collaboration between the police, the insurance sector, and the government that will help to keep the country safe and secure.

The platform will meet a longstanding need from the private sector for more credible, quality and timely information to be used in their protective security and resilience planning.

The national policing lead for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, said the platform will allow businesses to access credible information 24/7, connect users to experts, provide accredited online training and send direct messages in the event of an attack.

The platform is being developed primarily for the private sector, specifically focused on small and medium-sized businesses for whom access to expert external advice can sometimes be costly.

Consultation with key partners is already underway and further discussions will continue this year to ensure the platform is fit for purpose. Technical development will start later in the year.

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