Posted on 2nd March 2015
Experts from the world of IT will be on hand in Derby city centre this week to help members of the public keep their computers, tablets and smartphones secure from cyber criminals.
The East Midlands Cyber Crime Unit is hosting a cyber-security ‘pop-up shop’ at the Derby Theatre, in the Intu Shopping Centre, on Friday 6 March and Saturday 7 March, from 10am-4pm each day.
Alongside officers from the unit will be representatives from the University of Derby, Get Safe Online and specialist IT companies from across the region.
Members of the public are invited to bring their devices along for the experts to check if the installed security is up to scratch, or to advise what to do if not.
However, you don’t have to bring a device along. You can simply call in to get answers to any questions you may have.
The shop is one of only four being opened across the country for the weekend, which is part of a cyber-crime initiative being led by the National Crime Agency.
Deputy Chief Constable for the East Midlands Peter Goodman is the ACPO national lead for cyber-crime.
He said: “The fight against cyber-criminals is being conducted on a number of fronts. Firstly, we have developed, and continue to develop, the capability and response required to protect the public through the specialist cyber-crime teams which form part of each Regional Organised Crime Unit.
“The technology and expertise we now have at our disposal means offenders no longer have the luxury of anonymity that the internet once gave them. We are identifying them, arresting them and disrupting their criminal activity.
“But it is also essential to raise awareness of what we can all do to prevent falling victim to cyber-criminals and the pop-up shop event is a superb opportunity to discover how we can keep ourselves safe online.”
Detective Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding, of the East Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The internet has become such an integral part of our lives now, the likelihood is that far more of us of likely become victims of cyber-crime than
of burglary at some time in our lives.
“However, like many crimes, there is much we can all do to prevent it. Installing the right type of virus or malware protection software is essential. Taking this simple step alone can greatly reduce the prospect of falling victim to cyber-crime.
“We know technology can seem extremely daunting to many of us, so we have brought together a selection of experts from the world of IT who can explain how best to protect your device and answer any questions you may have about it.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to drop in and get such a range of valuable advice under one roof, and all for free.”
Assistant Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary Martyn Bates will be at the event on Friday morning, along with Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
Mr Bates said: “We are very pleased that Derby has been chosen as one of the three host cities across England and Wales for this very important national initiative.
“Combatting cyber-crime is a policing priority for Derbyshire Constabulary, and a robust response to it also requires effective partnership working with academic institutions and the IT industry, including those who will be at the pop-up shop in Derby.
“Members of the public can also play their part in that response by ensuring they take steps to protect the data and files that are important to them. If anyone is unsure how they can do that, then I would urge them to drop in to Derby Theatre on the 6th and 7th March to find out.”
Mr Charles added: “Cyber-crime is one of the biggest issues facing both the police and the public today, requiring appropriately skilled specialist officers and staff to tackle it.
“Unlike visible officers on the streets of Derbyshire, these specialists are largely invisible but they do a highly complex job to prevent crime, investigate offences and thereby keep members of the public safe.
“Just as criminals have updated their methods of committing crimes, so too have the police in order to bring them to justice.”