The Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East (SECRC) is a regionally based police-led, not-for-profit partnership with academia and businesses and is one of nine Cyber Resilience Centre’s that have been stood up as network across the country.
Being regionally based means that we fall under the policing umbrella of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit comprises of police officers and staff drawn from police forces across the country and works in partnership with the Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police, Sussex Police, Thames Valley Police, UK Border Force, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to combat cross-border organised crime which includes cybercrime.
So, why does the SECRC exist?
We exist to help you reduce your business’s cyber related risk and to increase your cyber resilience. We do this by developing your knowledge in key areas so that you can implement basic methods of cyber hygiene.
If you left your windows and doors open at night, your risk of burglary is significantly increased. The impact of leaving your website unprotected or not doing regular software updates has the same level of risk, as they are your digital entry points as opposed to physical.
To help you to guard your business from cyber-attacks in the way you would protect your premises against fire and flood, we offer a free membership package. This is not a membership package that puts heavy demand on you, instead it gives you access to regular simple, easy to follow guidance, tools, and resources as well as the opportunity to have a jargon free 1:1 conversation to help you understand your current business cyber related risks.
6 benefits of becoming a SECRC member
How can businesses access the SECRC and what happens once you become a member?
To become a member of the SECRC, all you need to do is sign up for free via our website and provide us with a few basic details, such as your contact details and your company name, size and the sector your business falls within. From there, you will automatically receive our welcome pack which provides you with key resources and the latest guidance available on ways to make your business more secure.
We will leave you to read and digest this pack before dropping you a short note from our Membership and Services Advisor a few days later to see if you have any particular questions or areas of concern and if you would like, we’ll also help to arrange your free 1:1 cyber risk conversation. As part of your membership, every month you’ll receive our centre newsletter which will give you details on the latest cyber breaches, giving simple steps to follow should they be likely to impact you. It will also include our upcoming events and webinars providing opportunities for you to learn more.
Like any membership, there is always the opportunity to enhance your package in a way that suits you. If you did want to learn more about further ways we can support you, whether that be a discussion around providing direct services, from cyber training to system and policy checks, or to see whether you may have left any cyber doors open for cybercriminals then we can do this too.
We are here when you’re ready, but in the meantime, you can see what we’re up to by following our social media channels. If you are ready to join us, that’s great! You can do so by visiting www.secrc.co.uk/core-membership-sign-up.