Fighting Cyber Crime

A consortium of businesses have joined forces with Lancaster University to form a group to help fight cyber crime. The North West Cyber Security Cluster will enable businesses in the region to use the expertise of a pool of experts with the skills to put in place protective measure to reduce the risks posed by cyber security threats.

The cluster will also use research and development activity carried out by Security Lancaster, the university’s dedicated security research centre.

Dr Daniel Prince, associate director of Security Lancaster, said: “The launch of a cyber security cluster for the North West is a significant step for the industry.

“The North West has a concentration of expertise in this field. By pooling resources and knowledge the cluster aims to raise standards across the industry and to provide a first-class service to UK, and international, businesses and organisations to protect them from the ever increasing threat of cyber crime.

“The cluster will also focus on developing a strategy to export our expertise, providing a further boost to our regional economy.”

Stephen Robinson, director of Xyone, a cyber security consultancy based at Lancaster University and founding member of the North West Cyber Security Cluster, added: “I’m delighted to chair this new cluster group which launches at a time when cybercrime continues to gain momentum.

“Reports state that businesses in the private sector are the biggest single victims of cyber crime and of these, SMEs are the most vulnerable with the average breach costing them between £65,000 and £115,000.

“This is why the cluster aims to provide a single unified voice for businesses on a regional and national level as well as offering services to protect businesses and offer advice in the event of a breach.”

The founding members are of the cluster are:

• Xyone Cyber Security – Lancaster, Daresbury and Manchester
• YR Free – Daresbury, Cheshire
• Riskworks – Wilmslow, Cheshire
• Encryption Box – Burnley, Lancashire
• Concert Networks – Knutsford, Cheshire
• SDS Technology – Preston, Lancashire
• Active Profile – Liverpool and Manchester
• The Networking People – Lancaster University
• Enterprise Europe North West
• Indelible Data – Whitehaven, Cumbria
• Receptive Solutions – Bolton
• Define X – Dukinfield, Cheshire
• Quality Guild – Carlisle, Cumbria