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CRC for London Joins Senior Policing, Government and Industry Leaders at National Summit

On Monday 9th October 2023, the Cyber Resilience Centre for London joined together with senior policing, government and industry leaders for the second annual National Cyber Resilience Centre Summit held at City of London, Guildhall.

The summit, hosted by Detective Superintendent Ian Kirby, the incoming CEO of the National Cyber Resilience Centre Group (NCRCG), saw representatives from the City of London Police, Home Office, police leads from the Cyber Resilience Centre (CRC) network and National Ambassador companies share their unique experience and expertise in cyber resilience. Attendees discussed the current landscape of cybercrime and how the CRC network can best support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for London is one of nine centres making up the CRC network. It acts as a trusted point of contact for smaller organisations to seek advice and information on how to strengthen their cyber resilience. Through NCRCG’s Cyber PATH programme – an elite talent pipeline for the next generation of cyber specialists – the centre also offers a range of affordable and high-quality services to SMEs across the region, such as Security Awareness Training, First Step Web Assessment and Security Policy Review.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for London has been making a tangible impact to the resilience of the small business community in London, most notably through its Community Outreach programme, where Centre staff conduct in-person visits to businesses supported by uniformed officers from the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police. With the first anniversary since its launch quickly approaching, the Centre continues to focus on reaching commonly underserved demographics across the city, having engaged with over 2000 businesses so far, and with a view on reaching even more through a revamped website offering launching at the end of October.

Simon Newman, CEO at Cyber Resilience Centre for London, said:

“The summit is a great way of bringing the whole CRC network together to hear from government and industry about the latest threats and developments in technology. It was clear that the Cyber Resilience Centres have an important role to play in making the UK the safest place to live and work online.”

Detective Superintendent Ian Kirby said:

“Embedding cyber resilience across the UK economy isn’t something that can be achieved in silos. It requires all of us with a responsibility for tackling cybercrime to put our heads together and make sure we have a joined-up approach. The National Cyber Resilience Centre Summit is an example of how, in practice, we are ensuring this necessary alignment and creating a platform to share ideas, knowledge and insights.”

About the National Cyber Resilience Centre Group

The National Cyber Resilience Centre Group (NCRCG) is a not-for-profit company, funded and supported by the Home Office, policing and National Ambassador partners, to strengthen cyber resilience across the nation’s small and medium-sized enterprise community. Key to its reach are nine Cyber Resilience Centres which operate across England and Wales to provide affordable, high-quality cyber resilience services to local organisations. These services are delivered by NCRCG’s Cyber PATH student team, under the supervision of senior cyber security practitioners.

Written by:
Tierney Kimmins-McLoughlin
07 November 2023