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CHAMBER PRESIDENT JOINS REGIONAL CYBER RESILIENCE CENTRE
President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Jude Thompson, has become an Advisory Group member of the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (WMCRC), the centre set up to help combat the ever-increasing threat of cybercrime against SME’s.
Mr Thompson, Managing Director of Oldbury based CSCM Limited, a global IT and Cloud service provider has joined fellow industry professionals from the cyber community to provide guidance, advice and influence the direction of the WMCRC, which was launched in May 2020 to support and help protect West Midlands businesses and third sector organisations against cybercrime.
Mr Thompson, whose business has been operating in the West Midlands for over 25 years, providing full IT solutions, from managed services to network and infrastructure project work, as well as data security, operating a fully managed Helpdesk and a highly experienced Support Team, works closely with a portfolio of clients across the world to develop and provide high-end security solutions.
He said, “Within my business, we put a lot of focus into educating our customers on data security and ways of ensuring they keep their data safe, systems protected and their staff vigilant. It is from experience, sometimes an area that businesses are reactive to and not proactive, however, this is dangerous and leaves organisations at threat. So, the more people I can help and educate the better, becoming an AG partner gives me a fantastic platform to do this”.
The cybercrime industry is worth more than $1.5 trillion with a frightening 85 per cent of organisations reporting phishing and social engineering attacks every year.
Cyber threats continue to evolve at a rapid pace, with a rising number of data breaches each year with a recent report revealing that a shocking 7.9 billion records were exposed by data breaches in the first nine months of 2019 alone. This figure is more than double (112%) the number of records exposed in the same period in 2018.
Medical services, retailers and public entities experienced the most breaches, with malicious criminals responsible for most incidents. Some of these sectors are more appealing to cybercriminals because they collect financial and medical data, but all businesses that use networks can be targeted for customer data, corporate espionage, or customer attacks.
Working with local Universities and the Police forces in Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire, the WMCRC provides access to the latest local as well as national information on emerging cyber threats, criminal trends, best practice for cyber resilience and new technology to provide businesses with timely advice to prepare and protect their business, staff and clients from cybercriminals.
A trusted resource, they are also the place to find IASME approved Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certifiers in the West Midlands. These are recognised nationally as Trusted Partners.
WMCRC is modelled on a successful structured collaboration acclaimed by Police UK. It is part of a developing network of Resilience Centres across the UK with Business Resilience International Management, supported by NPCC.
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