Businesses in Avon and Somerset can now sign up to be part of the new South West Cyber Resilience Centre (SWCRC), established to help businesses and charities better protect themselves against cybercrime.
The police-led initiative, in partnership with the private sector and academia, is part of a wider national network of centres being established across England and Wales to provide businesses with a free level of support, and an affordable way to access more bespoke cybersecurity services and consultancy.
The SWCRC offers a range of membership options depending on the level of support that businesses in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset need.
The Core Membership, which is specifically aimed at micro-businesses and SMEs is free, and provides access to a range of resources and tools to help them identify their risks and vulnerabilities. The Core Membership comes with a welcome pack full of tools and tips as well as access to national cybersecurity guidance, and regular updates.
The SWCRC offers a range of paid membership options which also come with a choice of cybersecurity services including a half-day staff awareness session and a regional quarterly briefing on current cyber threats in the region.
The centre is headed up by Director Mark Moore who is also a Superintendent with the Devon and Cornwall police force. He said, “I am enormously excited to have been asked to bring the SWCRC into being and lead on this innovative partnership aimed at tackling the huge threat that is cybercrime. We know that any system is only as strong as its weakest link, and that is why we want to help improve protection for networks and supply chains across the South West.”
“The SWCRC brings together the expertise of law enforcement, private industry and academia, working together to deliver free and affordable services to help businesses mitigate their cybersecurity risks.”
The SWCRC has been funded by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Cyber Crime Programme which secured Government funding to establish a network of CRCs across England and Wales.
For more information about the SWCRC or to become a member go to the website www.swcrc.co.uk/membership.