The formal launch of the WMCRC was announced on Monday 27th July, to coincide with the national roll out of regional CRCs across the country.
The WMCRC provides businesses and organisations, with an affordable way to access cyber security services and consultancy to help protect themselves from attack.
There are a range of membership options available depending on what level of support businesses in Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire need. The Core Membership is free and provides businesses with access to a range of resources and tools to help them identify their risks and vulnerabilities, as well as providing guidance on the steps they can take to increase their levels of protection.
The centre is headed up by a Director who is also a Detective Superintendent with the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit.
Alison Hurst, who has taken on the Director role, has been in policing for over 25 year where she spent the last six years as an investigator and more recently as the senior lead working with public and private sector partners from across the West Midlands to help keep vulnerable children safe.
Alison said: “I am really excited to be leading such an innovative partnership in the fight against cybercrime. The increase in remote working over the last few months has also seen an increase in cyber-attacks on businesses. The threat is very real and can render a business inoperable as well as causing them significant financial and reputational damage. But many smaller businesses can’t afford to access cyber security consultancy or services.”
“The WMCRC brings together the expertise of law enforcement, private industry and academia working together to deliver affordable services to help businesses mitigate their cyber security risks.
“We have already had a great response from businesses wanting to be involved with our Board and Advisory Group. We will be announcing more information on this soon. Our website is now live so businesses can find out more about how we can help them and sign up for one of our membership packages. The Core Membership is free and comes with a pack of practical guidance and information to help businesses identify their current risks and what they can do to mitigate against them. "
Businesses can sign up for the free Core Membership or any of the other membership options on the website. To keep updated with all the latest WMCRC developments follow @westmidlandscrc on Twitter or on LinkedIn and sign up to receive the WMCRC e-news.