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The NWCRC was established in 2019 as the first centre in the country and a pathfinder to the Home Office

The Cyber Resilience Centre is a trusted, not-for-profit venture between North West Police forces and Manchester Digital

It is our ambition that every business within our region will have the skills and knowledge to protect themselves from online attacks to make the region one of the safest places to live, work and do business. 


We achieve this by providing education, testing and training delivered by our team of trusted professionals, seconded police officers and Ethical Hacking students studying cybersecurity at local universities.


We are proud to now form part of a national network of regional Cyber Resilience Centres, featured in the HM Government National Cyber Strategy 2022.

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Our Values


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We act with honesty and integrity and always strive to do the right thing.


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We are transparent in all dealings with customers and treat everyone internally and externally fairly.


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Ensuring our team has enough specialist knowledge to deliver a high-quality service.

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Our Approach


A key aim of the centre is to help university students develop their skills by employing them to deliver affordable and accessible memberships and cyber consultancy services.

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These students are closely supervised by a Senior Security Consultant and seconded Police Officers, with all work screened, quality assured and delivered to a high standard.

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We are committed to developing a highly-skilled, industry-ready pipeline of cyber talent with real-world experience of delivering cyber security solutions to the business community.


We have developed an influential network of partners to support our mission and our work is overseen by a Guidance Council, drawn from representatives across the public, private and academic sectors.

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Our Skills Development Programme is designed to give top talent from local universities the change to gain on-the-job experience working within the cybersecurity sector.

Skills & Development

We proudly work in close collaboration with the following universities: 

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These services are an essential part of our offering as SMEs often:

Don't have the budget to go to a consultancy when they’re considering their cybersecurity needs.

Are unsure about beginning their cybersecurity journey and would like to learn from a trusted independent source before investing further in private sector solutions.

Our students are trained and overseen by our Senior Ethical Hacker to offer guidance to SMEs who are new or unsure about cybersecurity and need help getting up-to-speed. 

Putting into practise the knowledge they’ve gained at university and learning new skills in the process through mentoring and training masterclasses – an extremely valuable asset to the local community.

This immersive experience gives students the chance to grow their knowledge and skillset, with benefits including:

The chance to work on the forefront of cybersecurity research, including involvement in large-scale projects.

Becoming business-savvy and working with a flexible approach.

Keeping up to date with the latest techniques being used in the industry.

Leaving the programme workplace-ready, with enhanced technical skills, client skills and soft skills.

The programme is perfect for students with a keen interest in the area who want to help local SMEs become more cyber secure.

Our students leave with not only a fantastic degree, but highly sought-after experience working with law enforcement agencies and private sector clients, and many go on to gain employment with companies in some of the best graduate positions across the UK.

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If you would like to know more about our Skills Development Programme, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

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