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Information Security for the North East – the North East’s public sector WARP

Terms of Reference
ISNorthEast membership application form

ISNorthEast brings together the information governance, assurance and security professionals from public sector organisations in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and the Tees Valley in a trusted community.

It allows them to get together on a regular basis to share good practice, exchange views and address information assurance and cyber security issues facing local public service organisations that could potentially be affecting everyone.

Membership is open to information security and information assurance officers from non-profit public service organisations in the north east region and their outsourced delivery partners and is free of charge. Members from organisations outside the north east region may be admitted at the forum’s discretion.

ISNorthEast holds half-day meetings every other month where common issues are discussed, sometimes with invited expert speakers. In addition to meetings, members receive a daily round ups of threats, vulnerabilities and relevant news stories.

Critically, members have a mechanism to immediately alert each other of real threats being encountered in a sort of ‘neighbourhood watch’ for public data and systems.

ISNorthEast has a presence on the CiSP national cyber security platform and its members contribute to wider discussions on the platform including in the North East Region CiSP Group.

Member Benefits

Advice Brokering

  • Regular meetings.
  • A secure online collaboration space to support discussion and knowledge sharing.
  • Information security news stories and developments curated from a number of different sources distributed as a daily email newsletter.
  • Best practice shared with other local authority WARPs.
  • Representation in  national forums involving Government departments and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Trusted Sharing

  • Members share information about security incidents anonymised if required, so that everyone can benefit from lessons learned.
  • Access to information from other public sector WARPs.
  • WARPs are the primary interface between Councils and the NCSC.

Critical Alerts

  • Members notify each other of critical issues using an online messaging solution.


  • Notifications and alerts on viruses, malware and software vulnerabilities are curated from a number of different sources including other local authority WARPs and distributed by email.

Current Members include:

Local Government (councils)

Durham County Council
Hartlepool Borough Council
Middlesbrough Council
Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council
North Tyneside Council
Northumberland County Council
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
South Tyneside Council
Sunderland City Council
Xentrall ICT Services (Stockton BC & Darlington BC)

Local Government (other)

Engie (North Tyneside Council)
ICT in Schools Team – South Tyneside Council
North East Combined Authority
North Eastern ICT Partnership
North of Tyne Combined Authority
Tees Valley Combined Authority
Transport NorthEast

Passenger Transport Executive



County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue

Central Government

Department of Work and Pensions

Environment Agency
Homes England
North East Local Enterprise Partnership


County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Blood and Transplant
NHS Business Services Authority
North of England Commissioning Support
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Tees, Esk and Wear Valley – NHS Trust
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital


Durham University

Education Partnership North East

Newcastle University

Teesside University

University of Sunderland

Newcastle College Group


Cleveland Police
Durham Constabulary
North East Regional Cybercrime Unit
Northumbria Police


Out of Area

North East Business Resilience Centre

Calderdale Council

Kirklees Council

Terms of Reference

ISNorthEast membership application form

ISNorthEast is facilitated by the North Eastern ICT Partnership.

Useful Links

National WARP Directory

National Cyber Security Centre

Dynamo North East

CiSP – Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership