CSIPC launch photoA specialised network of businesses has joined forces to launch the region’s first Cyber Security & Information Protection Cluster (CSIPC). Following on from the lead of the UK Cyber Security Forum Network, leaders from TeraByte IT, New Business Visions, with support from the Police’s North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (NERSOU), DigitalCity and Teesside University, have identified the gap in resources and knowledge of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tees Valley.

The aim of the Cluster is to support it’s free to join membership by communicating national and international cyber security knowledge, presenting skills and information protection initiatives as well as providing trade opportunities between its members.

Laura Dempsey, Chair of the CSIPC and Managing Director of TeraByte IT “The cluster will provide a networking platform to share ideas and best security practice within the Tees Valley and will also encourage collaboration and identify partnership opportunities so that SMEs in the region can find new ways to grow and ultimately be more secure.”

In this fast evolving digital landscape and with the new regulations surrounding GDPR, we can help enable Tees Valley to be the one of safest and most secure places to do business”.

Dr Razzaque, Senior Lecturer in Computer Networks at Teesside University, headline sponsors of the first event said “This initiative will help to bring the great resources, knowledge and skills together and in collaboration with other organisations such as Dynamo. Furthermore this will identify the skills and training requirements of businesses within digital infrastructure, data security, GDPR and in turn boost jobs for the Tees Valley.

Jonathan Green – Cyber Protect Officer of NERSOU added “We are proud to be a supporting member of this cluster. Our region has some of the fastest growing digital and creative enterprises as well as huge number of SMEs. Our overall goal is to increase cyber security for everyone and in turn decrease the likelihood of them becoming a victim of cybercrime.

The Cluster’s inaugural meeting is on Tuesday 25th September at Teesside University Darlington Campus. Member businesses, through the cluster, will be able to access free computer system vulnerability checks, skills workshops, access to leading industry experts and guidance on achieving Cyber Essentials certification.

Samir Rihane, Channel Manager at Appcheck, a leading web application and infrastructure vulnerability scanning company said “This is a crucial network to be associated with and sponsoring. We work with so many businesses that are unsure of what protocols and systems they need to put in place and I’m delighted to offer free advice and guidance through my membership”.

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