Local businesses urged to protect themselves


Businesses across Stone and Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to protect themselves against cyber crime by signing up for up-to-the-minute information as part of a free initiative.

Staffordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold says local companies should join the Cyber-Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) to get the latest details about online threats and attacks.



CiSP is a joint industry and government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase awareness of the cyber threat and reduce the impact on UK business. It’s a software platform that allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure and dynamic environment, while operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis launched the Business Crime Matters strategy, spearheaded by the Deputy PCC, to tackle business crime and help promote economic growth across Staffordshire.

Mrs Arnold said:

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and an increasing amount of their business is done online.

“It is vital that businesses understand the importance of protecting themselves from cyber crime and that any business of any size is vulnerable to attack.

“CiSP offers advantages to the business community and it is free so I’m urging local companies to visit https://www.cert.gov.uk/cisp/ and sign up.”

The West Midlands group of CiSP launches on Thursday 11 February at Jaguar Land Rover in Birmingham.

There will also be local follow-up events in the coming months. For more information contact Gary Sirrell at rccu@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk