Priority lead: John Noble
What are the key requirements for the safer cyber priority?
- To ensure Gloucestershire is safer as people, commerce and other organisations increasingly live, trade and work on-line
- It underpins personal safety, economic growth and prosperity, in urban and rural environments, by supporting people of all ages, organisations and businesses
How priority lead John Noble is going to deliver the safer cyber priority
This is a brief introduction into how work is developing under ‘Safer Cyber’ and if you want more detail, you can find it in what we call the Delivery Plan here.
It is my responsibility to see that the aim of the ‘Safer Cyber’ priority is delivered. With an ever increasing digitally connected and reliant society, those who would seek to cause distress or harm to others turn to the internet as a mechanism to commit crimes. Whether it takes the form of abusive behaviour using social media, ransomware or any other form of cybercrime, we are fully committed to combating the problem and making Gloucestershire a safer place to live, work and do business with in this era of rapid technological growth.
Like the work being done in the name of the other priorities, this is an ongoing process and there have been some significant improvements in some areas such as:
- enhanced specialist capabilities for tackling cyber crime
- strong collaboration with industry to help keep abreast of emerging threats
- effective engagement with the communities we serve around harm reduction and education
- strong links with academia for research and education purposes
Further improvements are ongoing with routine review, ensuring that actions undertaken provide the best possible protection against emerging cyber threats, with others are expected within the four years of the Police and Crime Plan.
Gloucestershire Safer Cyber forum
Gloucestershire Safer Cyber Forum (GSCF) was established in 2015 by Gloucestershire Constabulary in order to provide a medium for both public Cyber Safety advice and for local businesses to discuss Cyber concerns in a private fashion.
Safer cyber news
Call to Forest businesses to forge new group to plug security gap
Cyber4Schools – a lesson in how to keep safe online
New 'crime fighting' role for Countess Bathurst
Projects supported under safer cyber
MEARSTo (1) prevent older, disabled and vulnerable becoming victims of crime or (2) having been victims, prevent them becoming repeat victims and (3) by making them feel more secure and safe, improving the quality of life for them in their own homes.
Stroud Bereford GroupThe project aims to promote personal safety online, with a focus on reducing harm of sexual exploitation and abuse online for those who are particularly vulnerable. Essentially, the project will act as a 'target hardening' exercise for vulnerable people who are at risk of harm through online relationships.
Everyman/Hester's Way PartnershipWe will give the young people in years 5 and 6 that are close to Hester's Way police station something positive and creative to do after school. We aim to teach the young people, school staff and parents about Cyber Safety and to make positive contributions within their school and local community.
Gloucestershire Rural Community CouncilProject for all people over the age of 50. The purpose of this dynamic project is to open new horizons for the elderly by giving them the opportunity to engage with society through the use of the internet, thus making them feel more independent and connected.
County Business Shows LtdCounty Business Shows produces The Gloucestershire Business Show and The South Gloucestershire Business Show each year in May and October respectively. The projects are about Business engagement, with specialised zones and conferences that focus on areas such as Food & Farming, Information Security, Innovation, Creative Arts and more.. The extensive two-day programme brings the county’s experience practitioners, decision takers and strategic thinkers together to explore the current position on many areas and how we can shape a stronger business community moving forward.