West Midlands to establish a Cyber Resilience Centre with Police UK for Business

Updated: Jun 21



West Midlands is launching a Cyber Resilience Centre to tackle cyber resilience for business, linked to a Policing lead national network.

The West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (WMCRC) is the fourth 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.

BRIM 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 the North East of England and Yorkshire and East Midlands. 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, a CRC 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.

The CRC, therefore, 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 a CRC 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.

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