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UK's first Safer Cyber Forum launched in Gloucestershire

May 28th 2015
It is now estimated there are around 1,000 cyber-attacks on small businesses every hour, every day. 

To help counter cyber-crime, Gloucestershire Constabulary have introduced the UK’s first Safer Cyber Forum.

The forum was launched at the Gloucestershire Business Show attended by the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl and Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry. The Constabulary’s Safer Cyber Coordinator Ian Maxted and Cybercrime Harm Reduction Advisor Mark Godsland also took part. There were workshops looking at business awareness of the risks around cyber security; practical housekeeping around business protection and the advice available to allow a business to stay up to date.

To understand the personal impact a cyber-attack has on an individual and a business please watch the video below of Lee Moore, who has kindly agreed to share her story for the benefit of others.

To help ensure there are fewer stories like this in our county, ‘Safer Cyber’ was added to the Police and Crime Plan priorities in April 2014 following overwhelming support from the public who wanted more done to prevent things like internet fraud and online bullying.

The PCC said:

“I want us to be proactive in our approach to building a safer cyber environment for Gloucestershire and I believe the business community has a big part to play in developing partnerships that really do make a difference”.

ACC Berry said:

“Cybercrime is an issue we all have to face up to. It is a key priority within the UK’s Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR) which means every police force, large or small, has to make a contribution. 

Gloucestershire Police must be able to contribute effectively to any form of cyber-attack on a national scale and to develop our own cybercrime capabilities beneath that level of threat”.

This is a link to the Police and Crime Commissioners website on this matter.

To join the Safer Cyber Forum, click here.