Fight against cyber crime

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017

CUMBRIA'S Police and Crime Commissioner will launch a new initiative on Friday which aims to keep you safe on-line.

Peter McCall has commissioned Get Safe Online to deliver a comprehensive program of cyber safety and awareness training over the next three years.

The initiative's official launch will be at Penrith Rugby Club and Get Safe Online will deliver two cyber-proficiency training events.

Approximately 80 participants, from a range of organisations, will take part in training to enable them to train targeted audiences in their communities on relevant areas of on-line safety and security.

Mr. 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."

Detective chief inspector Dave Stalker said: "The on-line 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 on-line.

"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 on-line."

The Get Safe Online team will be at the Cumberland Show on Saturday, along with representatives from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Constabulary, and visitors are invited to bring their devices for a free cyber security health check and receive professional advice on how to stay safe and secure on-line.