Recently, the MP for Fareham was delighted to convene the Solent Business Forum, where local business professionals were able to hear from guest speaker Detective Superintendent Andy Richardson. Andy Richardson is the Director of the Cyber Resilience Centre South East, he is an experienced senior investigating officer (SIO) who’s policing career has spanned over 25 years and this has seen him work across a diverse number of policing functions.
The Cyber Resilience Centre for the South East (SECRC) is an excellent facility and is one of nine centres that have been established across the country to provide businesses and organisations with an affordable way to access cyber security services and guidance to help protect themselves from attack. The SECRC offers a range a membership options depending on what level of support businesses in Hampshire need. The Core Membership is free and provides businesses with 50 or fewer employees access to a range of resources and tools, to help them identify their risks and vulnerabilities, as well as providing guidance on the steps they can take to increase their levels of protection.
DI Andy Richardson delivered an engaging speech offering local businesses guidance on assessing threats, using more secure passwords, protecting sensitive information, and preventing cyber-attacks. He outlined that the SERC works in conjunction with local universities and the region’s local forces, to provide a range of affordable cyber resilience services with current knowledge and technical expertise from the UK's top cyber talent. The event offered an important opportunity for local businesses to share ideas and insights and to ask DI Andy a multitude of pertinent and engaging questions on how local businesses can operate safely within the online sphere. If your business would like to be involved in the next Solent Business Forum, please contact Suella Braverman’s parliamentary office.
Commenting, Suella Said:
“It was amazing to see so many familiar faces and such a high turnout of business owners at the Solent Business Forum. It was incredibly insightful to hear the talk from DI Andy Richardson on how businesses can better equip themselves for safety and resilience within the online sphere. It is encouraging that local businesses are able to benefit directly from the vital work that the Cyber Resilience Centre South East is doing across Hampshire and the wider region. I look forward to working with the organisation more closely in the upcoming months and continuing the dialogue with local business owners on how cyber services can be extended and improved.”