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Free cyber security support for businesses and the self-employed in Leeds City Region

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and NEBRC call for applications


The Covid-19 pandemic period has seen a 400% increase in cyber fraud*, with statistics reflecting that small businesses – and particularly the self-employed sole trader or micro business – have found themselves at greatest risk without access to relevant cyber support and services.

In response, Leeds City Region Enterprise (the LEP) has commissioned the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) to deliver free support to organisations with less than 10 employees across the Leeds City Region (excluding Barnsley) at a time when it is needed the most.

The support programme will help participants to take preventative measures to stop accounts being hacked, confidential data being accessed, fraudsters infiltrating bank accounts and successful ransom and phishing attacks from taking place.

Roger Marsh OBE, DL, Chair of Leeds City Region Partnership (the LEP) and NP11 comments: “The LEP is continuing to support businesses with the impact of Covid-19, and cyber security is a key part of our recovery plans to produce resilient and thriving businesses.

“I am delighted to be working with NEBRC on our new cyber resilience programme to help those that currently need it the most.  This is a brilliant opportunity for micro-businesses to benefit from expert advice, and I’d encourage all to get in touch and find out how they can mitigate cyber security risks and protect their business.”

In addition the framework will provide thorough assessments to identify any vulnerabilities in existing IT systems and infrastructure, one to one support from police-approved trusted cyber security consultants, access to resources, guides and videos, and ongoing support depending on the needs of each individual and business.

Commenting on the appointment, NEBRC Director and Police Superintendent. Rebecca Chapman said: “We are proud to be part of this crucial new programme, working with SMEs across the region to support cyber security in this modern age.

As an organisation we work with our partners to protect people, places and processes. We are only too aware of the difficulties many micro and small businesses in particular are facing during this pandemic, when so many of us are working from home and reliant on new and different IT systems.

“We are looking forward to offering insight and support to the local and regional community to help ensure that cyber safety is a priority for all.”

The NEBRC is a non-profit organisation which exists to support businesses from cyber crime. The organisation offers a wide range of business-resilience services, delivered by an expert team of trusted professionals, police officers and innovative ‘ethical hackers’ from Sheffield Hallam and Northumbria University.

To find out more about this programme, and to apply, visit https://www.the-lep.com/business-support/cyber-security-support/ or contact enquiries@nebrcentre.co.ukThe deadline for applications is Thursday 31st December.