North West Cyber Resilience Centre Celebrates 500 Members Milestone
We are delighted to welcome our 500th member to the Cyber Resilience Centre this month!
Established in 2019, The North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) offers a range of membership options depending on what level of support businesses in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Cumbria require.
The number of small businesses has increased by 27%
The latest government statistics from Business population estimates in 2021 show that small businesses have increased by 27%, and medium-sized businesses have grown by 33% since 2000. With the North West has the fourth-largest number of private sector businesses behind London, the South East and the East of England.
All businesses, regardless of sector or size, are continuing to find new ways to deliver services and connect with their customers. Small businesses are driving the adoption of developing technologies and finding new ways to utilise social media channels to connect with their customers.
Small businesses have the ability to be nimble and adapt to developing technologies. Still, they must also be aware of the risks and threats cyber criminals pose to their business.
As part of the Cyber Resilience Centre network, we have become a crucial resource for guidance and free support to SMEs. Established in partnership between the police, private sector and academia, we’re here to help North West micro, small and medium-sized organisations protect themselves against cybercrime.
In 2023, 32% of businesses and a quarter of charities (24%) have reported cyber security breaches or attacks, with 19% of businesses being attacked at least once a month. There has never been a better time to improve your cyber resilience and ensure your staff are aware of the latest social engineering techniques.
As well as a range of affordable security services available and membership options (including security awareness training and simulated phishing exercises we also offer small businesses a free membership *link as an effective and simple way to ensure businesses are protected from common cyber-attacks.
Those currently signed up as members of the NWCRC are from a wide range of industries, including, Accounting, Retail and eCommerce, Manufacturing and Engineering, Financial and Legal, Charity/Not for Profit, Education and Academia, not to mention the growing trend of businesses that have adopted a hybrid workforce with staff who work remotely.
The New Head of Cyber & Innovation at North West Cyber Resilience Centre, Dan Giannasi, said:
"It’s an exciting milestone to reach in supporting 500 members across the North West and 150 businesses in Greater Manchester with our Funded Business Resilience Program. At the centre, we have seen an increase in the number of businesses that are being attacked not only by cyber criminals but also by former employees. The threat of social engineering remains very real. You can see your staff unwillingly targeted to bring your business to a standstill and cause you significant financial repercussions and reputational damage."
"With so many small businesses unable to access large cybersecurity consultancy services, the North West Cyber Resilience Centre membership is here to support business with a range of free guidance and support whilst also delivering affordable services to help businesses mitigate their cybersecurity risks."
You can become a member today here. We offer a range of membership packages, including access to guidance, tools and affordable services to help better protect your business against cybercrime.