Hampshire Police will work with three other forces from across the South to improve cyber security for businesses in the area.
Last week, the Cyber Resilient Center for the South East announced the new partnership which will see Hampshire Police working with Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley.
Aimed at improving the cyber resilience of companies that supply goods and services to each force, the initiative is believed to be a “huge step forward” in protecting businesses that might not otherwise be safe online.
The partnership means that all companies looking to make new contracts with the police will be required to join the SECRC.
There are just under 850,000 registered businesses in the region, the second highest in the country, and many of these have almost no protection from cyber attacks according to the partnership.
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Detective Superintendent Andy Richardson, director of the Cyber Resilience Center for the Southeast, said, “This new partnership between the SECRC and the region’s four police forces is a huge step forward in helping build the cyber resilience of a large number of companies that may not have access or funds to cover cyber security.
“This project has been a key priority of mine as director of the SECRC as we should lead by example and encourage vendors and service providers to become more secure so that every force can be confident that their data and information is being handled appropriately.
“Whether you’re a roofing contractor at a police station or a software company developing new forensic technology, there’s a cyber threat you face, and we want to help you reduce that risk.”
The Cyber Resilience Center for the South East was established by the Home Office to provide free and easy-to-follow cyber guidance, tools and threat assessments, and affordable cyber services to businesses, charities and public sector organizations .
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