New tool in fight against cyber crime

A new website helping keep everyone – from children to businesses – safe online has been launched.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 8:00 am
A new website has been launched in the fight against cyber crime.

The tailor-made resource covers everything from keeping a child safe online, to expert advice on how small businesses can avoid unwanted cyber-attacks.

The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (NERCCU) website is a one-stop-shop for anyone in need of friendly cyber security advice – ranging from top tips on keeping passwords strong and systems impenetrable, to expert guidance from our safeguarding professionals on cyber domestic violence and harassment.

PC Steven Grainger said: “Cybercrime is such a vast area it’s no wonder there is confusion and uncertainty about how best to report it, and where to seek advice from.

“While our communities should be confident we do everything in our power to pursue cyber-criminals, we know arresting offenders is not the only answer to this problem – we must also educate and help people to take the relevant steps to protect themselves and their data, and prevent offences from happening in the first place.

“We would encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with our website – it’s packed full of resources to teach young people about the law and to help them recognise how their skills can be used during the course of their life – it’s also filled with exciting activities to develop cyber skills in a lawful and safe manner.

He added: “This is a police led project which our communities can trust.

"There is no catch, you don’t need to sign up to anything or share your details. It’s a free resource to help anyone and everyone protect themselves against the growing threat of cybercrime.”

The website can be found out www.nerccu.police.uk