Commissioner’s Fight Against Cyber Crime
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, will launch an initiative at Penrith Rugby Club on Friday 16 June to help keep you safe online
Peter McCall has commissioned the company Get Safe Online to deliver a comprehensive programme of cyber safety and awareness training over the next three years.
Speaking of the initiative, Peter McCall said: “Cyber-crime is a key threat to individuals, businesses and our communities alike and that is why I have funded Get Safe Online who are specialists in the field of cyber security. They will work with the three Community Safety Partnerships to deliver the programme across the county.
“More and more people live their lives online whether it be through their mobile phone, tablet or computer. This is changing the way that criminals target people. This new, exciting project is about people protecting themselves.”
To mark the launch of the event, the Get Safe Online will deliver two ‘cyber-proficiency’ training events at Penrith Rugby Club, where approximately 80 participants from a range of partner and stakeholder organisations will take part in training to enable them to train targeted audiences in their communities on relevant areas of online safety and security.
Following this, the Get Safe Online team will be at the Cumberland Show on Saturday 17 June, along with representatives from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Constabulary. Visitors are invited to come along to the stand with their devices, mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc., to have a free cyber security ‘health check’, and receive professional advice on how to stay safe and secure online. This will be the first public event, and people are urged to look out for further events in their areas.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stalker said:
“The online world can be a tremendous force for good but unfortunately, there are people out there who seek to exploit it to the disadvantage of others. In line with the national picture, cyber-crime is therefore an emerging threat to those that live and work in Cumbria.
“This collaboration will help us to protect people in Cumbria from becoming a victim of cyber-crime. The training day on Friday will be a great start, and provide us and partners with the knowledge to share with our communities. We hope the approach will help individuals across the county in the fight against online criminals.”
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online said: “We’re really excited to join forces with Cumbria Police and support its campaign to keep local businesses and communities safe online. The internet offers so many possibilities for all of us but it’s important that we take simple steps to keep us safe from cyber criminals. Come down and join us at the events to hear our easy-to-follow expert tips and advice to help you stay safe online.”
You can find the teams at Trade Stand Location L2, Gate 2, at the Cumberland Show, East Park, Brisco, Carlise, CA4 0RB
Also on the stand will be Kaspersky’s Ferrari F1 simulator car giving visitors the chance to pit their driving skills against other members of the public. There’s lots of great prizes up for grabs, including VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix. The winner of the fastest lap on the day will be added to a league table made up of entrants from Get Safe Online Events across the UK with the overall winner securing the prize of a trip to Silverstone.
Media are invited to attend Penrith Rugby Club, on Friday 16 June, for the start ofeither the 10am or 2pm sessions, where Mr McCall and DCI Stalker will be in attendance.
Get Safe Online’s ‘Police Cyber Protect’ Programme is an innovative multi-channel programme developed by Get Safe Online working in conjunction with a number of police forces, NPCC and the City of London Police.
The Programme will enable the delivery to the public and business community a range of information and professional advice that is easy to understand, practical to follow up, up-to-date and free of charge.
There’s lots more information and advice on this website: www.getsafeonline.org/cumbria