Cyber Expert Group Officially Launched!

Article Date: 11th June 2020. 4 min read. 

We are proud to announce the official launch of the Cyber Expert Group made up of security experts from the region's leading businesses, including KPMG, Hiscox, TalkTalk, Co-op, Deloitte, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, CGI and NCC Group. The the group will bring together law enforcement, intelligence agencies and academic experts in a closed, confidential environment to share intelligence on the local cyber threat landscape. The Cyber Resilience Centre will use the collective knowledge of the group to offer businesses the very best advice and support to grow their resilience to online crime.

The group hosted its first meeting on the 11th June, joined by Chief Constable Peter Goodman, the national policing lead for cybercrime in the UK. 

Beverley McGowan, CEO of CyberPro and The Specialists Hub has been appointed to Co-Chair the Group, alongside the centre’s Head of Innovation, Detective Superintendent Neil Jones.

Beverley said "Cybercrime is a significant issue crcfor businesses in the region and without the correct knowledge and awareness of the threats and practical steps which can be taken to prevent cybercrime, the impact of such events can be devastating.  The Cyber Expert Group brings together leaders in this field, to support the Cyber Resilience Centre in tackling this issue across the region and help businesses become more cyber resilient.  I’m really excited about this opportunity to Co-Chair this group with Detective Superintendent Neil Jones and look forward to building a strong cybersecurity group of experts in Greater Manchester to support its digital economy."

Detective Superintendent Neil Jones commented ‘When it comes to cybercrime, prevention is better than cure. It is estimated that online crime costs the Greater Manchester economy £860 million a year, and so it is important that businesses adopt the latest cyber hygiene. The CRC with guidance from the Cyber Expert Group will be there to support businesses to do this.’ 

More exciting news to follow!