East Midlands Regional Cyber Resilience Centre launches

East Midlands Regional Cyber Resilience Centre launches

A new regional centre aimed at helping the East Midlands to improve its cyber resilience has been launched. 

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (EMCRC) is the third of ten planned in the UK to follow Business Resilience International Management’s (BRIM) Resilience Centre Model.

BRIM was appointed following an extensive EU tender procurement process to establish ten Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs) in partnership with Police UK within 15 months to help businesses prevent cyber-attacks as well as support those organisations that are affected by data breaches.

It will use its successful modular-based set up programme and project management support to help Police UK to establish the Centres, based on the similar model which is recognised for its success in Scotland.

In recent months the approach was used to establish Centres in Greater Manchester and the North East of England and Yorkshire. Police UK were keen to enable wider adoption fast, as the pace of online criminal activity and threat to business and third sector organisations continues to rise.

For businesses, the EMCRC provides a dedicated point of contact on cyber-crime and access to services that can support them in becoming cyber-resilient. It translates intelligence gathered from Government specialist teams into user friendly, accessible business support and services.

It becomes a resource hub that further increases business confidence in the ability of the police to deal with cyber-crime, thus encouraging increased reporting and collaboration.

For the police, having EMCRC provides a central point to focus the tools, information and expertise to help prevent cyber-crime and deal with cyber-criminals. In an increasingly sophisticated digital environment, the CRC models also facilitates police access to high-level, cutting-edge cyber-skills in an affordable way, through the association with Ethical Hacking students at leading universities.

Currently the main customer is Derbyshire Constabulary where Chief Constable Peter Goodman is responsible for the NPCC Cyber portfolio for the UK.

The model will deliver three different elements which include: 

  • The set up and governance of a board as an independent organisation combining police, academia and business
  • Provisioning of commercial services through working directly with regional universities and live students
  • Working directly with the policing cyber model to support business to be a part of these models

IASME, which delivers the preferred Cyber Essentials model across the UK, will also play an active role in the delivery of this contract. IASME is also the National Cyber Security Centre’s sole Cyber Essentials Scheme Partner from April 2020 onwards.

BRIM chief executive Mandy Haeburn-Little said: "There has been a significant increase in cyber scams and online frauds since the lockdown period began under Covid-19.

"The more that we can all do together to prevent such scams, to deter unscrupulous and malicious actors, while also acting in the best interests of policing, academia and the business community, the better.

"We are seeing the pace of requests for the centres increase and we know already from previous experience that they have a very important part to play within the community."

To find out more, visit www.emcrc.co.uk

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