Individual Committing Cyber Crime

A partnership between the police, private sector and academia is offering free seminars to help North East businesses fight against cybercrime and online fraud.

Tackling a highly organised criminal industry that costs UK businesses a staggering £27bn a year, the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) brings together all seven of the Yorkshire and North East’s police forces alongside Sheffield Hallam University, Northumbria University and private sector cybercrime experts.

Cybercrime affects businesses through lost productivity, co-ordinated denial of service attacks, fraud, phishing emails and blackmail tactics. One in three of all UK businesses identified at least one cyber security breach or attack over the last 12 months, with over 70% of these suffering more than one attack.

The Centre has already attracted key business partners such as DLA Piper, HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, CGI, Accenture and Waterstones; and some of the top cybercrime officers have been seconded to the Centre from the region’s police forces.

Police Supt Chapman, who is leading the project, said: “Cybercrime is a constant game of cat and mouse. The criminals who hide behind and utilise technology to commit fraud, theft and blackmail have no scruples in who they target or when. We have seen many businesses crippled by some form of cyber attack and there needs to be a proactive, preventive, approach, rather than just a reactive investigation once the damage has been done.

“Our unique connection to local universities and the seven regional police forces gives us exclusive access to the latest information on legislation, criminal trends, threats and new technology allowing us to provide the very best advice to safeguard staff, customers and business.”

The free seminars will be held in March and April, and places can be booked via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk under the search term NEBRC.

Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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