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What is a WARP?

A WARP (Warning, Advice and Reporting Point) is a community-based service where members can receive and share up-to-date advice on information security threats, incidents and solutions.


WARPs for the Public Sector

A WARP is set up to provide a service to members of a particular community, usually of between 20 and 100 members (in order to preserve a personal community feel). It is run by a WARP operator who uses a website, email, telephone, SMS, and occasional meetings (where possible) to offer a personalised service of information security warnings and advice to the members. The operator will:

The creation of WARPs in Public Sector communities, where people work together and share information on threats, incidents and solutions, can address many of these problems in a cost effective manner. WARPs are also being promoted by the UK Government’s Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).


Guidance for WARPS on Incident Reporting

Critical incidents should be reported to GovCertUK for attention as well as the local WARP operator. All other incidents should be communicated to GovCertUK via the local WARP operator. This not only ensures that the operator has awareness of the activity, but also ensures that there is a single point of contact for GovCertUK to liaise.


Your local public sector WARP and how to get in touch:

WARPLead contactEmailSecond contactEmailAdditional
East Midlands
Susan Horobinsusan.horobin@nottscc.gov.ukKirsty LoweKirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.ukEMGWARP network
East of EnglandCliff Dean Cliff_Dean@n-kesteven.gov.ukMark Brettmark.brett@nlawarp.net NLAWARP
Essex Online
Kim HarveyKim.Harvey@essex.gov.ukMark Brettmark.brett@nlawarp.net NLAWARP
Kent ConnectsDarren Everdendarren.everden@gravesham.gov.uk   
LondonMatt Smithmatt.smith@isfl.org.ukPeter Douglaspeter.douglas@haringey.gov.ukISFL
North East GovernmentPaul Woods (Chair)Paul.woods@durham.gov.ukGraham Jordangrahamjordan@gateshead.gov.uk

North Eastern ICT Partnership

North WestShelley Heckmanshelley.heckman@tameside.gov.uk  iNetwork
South East Sam Deane


  South East Employers
South WestJohn FinchJohn.Finch@plymouth.gov.ukTracy Whitetracy.white@exeter.gov.uk 
West MidlandsTony Proctort.proctor@wlv.ac.uk   
Yorkshire & HumberYunus Mayatyunus.mayat@bradford.gov.ukMichelle NichollsMichelle.Nicholls@sheffield.gov.uk 
WalesBryn Morganwales.sec@socitm.netIan JohnI.f.john@neath-porttalbot.gov.ukNLAWARP
ScotlandPaul DickPDick@pkc.gov.ukSonya Buczynsbuczyn@eastlothian.gov.uk