New regional cyber-crime centre To help north east firms tackle online threats
A unique partnership between the police, private sector and academia has been launched 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 newly-launched 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.
The Centre has already attracted key business partners including DLA Piper, HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, CGI, Accenture, and Waterstones, working alongside some of the top cybercrime officers.
Led by Supt. Rebecca Chapman, NEBRC is funded by a range of private and public partners, including the Police, and a wide range of business investors and members across the North of England.
Said Supt Chapman: “NEBRC is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect businesses from cybercrimes. 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.
“We have assembled a team of experts from across crime prevention, research and the private sector to help businesses prepare for and prevent future cyber threats. 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 pro-active, preventive, approach rather than just a reactive investigation once the damage has been done.”