Dorset Cyber Alliance launched to protect and grow Dorset businesses

Posted on Wednesday 15th November 2017
Dorset Cyber Alliance (DCA) launched this week (14 November) with the aim to protect and support Dorset businesses in creating safe online environments in which to trade by addressing cyber security.

There is no doubt that cyber crime is on the rise and attacks are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. During 2017 several high-profile malware or cyber attacks have already caused serious disruption to the NHS and other large companies. It is increasingly essential for businesses of all sizes to have a strategy in place for cyber security, however many struggle to find a central place to access help and advice. 

The Dorset Cyber Alliance is here to help. Comprising business leaders, public service managers, academics and interested citizens, the Alliance has proactive strategic partnerships with Bournemouth and Poole Councils, the Dorset Growth Hub, Dorset Police Cyber Crime Prevention, Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit, Silicon South and the private sector.  With access to international expertise, the Alliance will engage with both businesses of all sizes and cyber professionals to promote and share best practice, whilst ensuring Dorset remains an attractive and safe place to do business. 

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth at Bournemouth Council, said: “Many businesses may not be sure how to prepare and protect against cyber attacks. Bournemouth Council is pleased to be part of the new Dorset Cyber Alliance which will aim to bridge the gap by providing opportunities for Dorset businesses of all sizes to access and share up to date expertise and to be better informed to implement cyber security.”

For businesses, the Alliance will raise awareness of potential risks and share best practice on cyber security, providing advice and proactive support to SMEs coordinated by the Dorset Growth Hub and Dorset Police Cyber Crime Prevention through varied events and access to live webinars/videos. Larger businesses will benefit from access to a specialist forum focussed on creating an environment to share best cyber security practice and harness future talent pipelines.

The Alliance will also collaborate in a Cyber Professionals Forum to share knowledge and in addition a Cyber Lab; an academic space coordinated between local businesses and Bournemouth University’s Cyber Unit. 

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “Cyber-crime is complex and costly, but the steps to prevent it are often simple and cheap, even free. The Cyber Alliance will not only distribute advice on these steps, but develop new preventative solutions to make Dorset businesses more cyber safe.

“The partnership has a fantastic mix of tools, including the innovation and research capacity of Bournemouth University, the criminal insight from Dorset Police, the commitment to education from local authorities and the specialist best practice sharing from local businesses. I look forward to seeing the great work that will undoubtedly come out of this Alliance.”

This exciting new initiative is free to join and we urge anyone interested to please get in contact, you can find out more at www.dorsetcyber.co.uk