Four police forces team up to improve cybersecurity for businesses in the region

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Hampshire POLICE is set to team up with three other Southern forces to improve cybersecurity for businesses in the region.

Last week the Cyber ​​Resilient Center for the South East announced the new partnership which will see Hampshire Police work with Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley.

Aimed to improve the cyber resilience of businesses that supply goods and services to every force, the initiative is seen as a “huge step” to protect businesses that might otherwise not have been safe by line.

The partnership means that all companies wishing to enter into new contracts with the police will have to join the SECRC.

There are just under 850,000 registered businesses in the region, the second highest in the country, many of which have virtually no protection against cyberattacks according to the partnership.

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Detective Superintendent Andy Richardson, Director of the Cyber ​​Resilience Center for the South East, said: “This new partnership between the SECRC and the four police forces in the region is a great step forward in helping to develop the cyber resilience of a large number of companies that may not have access or funds to cover cybersecurity.

“This project has been one of my top priorities as Director of SECRC, as we should lead by example and encourage vendors and service providers to become more secure so that each force can be confident that their data and information is handled appropriately.

“Whether you’re a roofing contractor at a police station or a software company developing new forensic technology, you face a cyber threat and we want to help you reduce that risk.”

The Cyber ​​Resilience Center for the South East was established by the Home Office to provide free advice, tools and assessments of threats and affordable cyber services to businesses, charities and organizations in the public sector.

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