Glyndwr University playing a leading role in fight against cybercrime

Glyndwr University in Wrexham is to host the first meeting of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster this Thursday from 2pm.

The institution and North Wales Police are looking for experts in online security and e-crime to join the forum so they can help in the fight against cybercrime.

They’re also inviting members of the public and business owners with an interest in the topic to attend. This is in a bid to make North Wales a secure place to do business.

The group meets once in month to share information and good practice and keep all of its members up-to-date in terms of current and emerging cyber attacks.

John Davies, director at Pervade Software and co-founder of South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, will be speaking on the day. There’ll also be introductions and an opportunity to network.

According to government surveillance agency GCHQ, eight in every ten of the biggest UK companies have suffered a serious incident of online crime, costing the economy tens of millions of pounds annually.

Vic Grout, Professor of Computing Futures, is a member of the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Panel and the North Wales Cyber Security Trust Group.

He wants the University’s world-leading Computing department to play a leading role in bringing the issue to the attention of organisations across the region.

He said: “Glyndwr University Computing is very pleased to be playing a leading role in the setting up of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

“Cybercrime is an increasing issue for everyone: the business community, the police, academic institutions and the general public.

“Cyber attacks have become more frequent over the last few years and increased in their sophistication and use of technology.  All businesses and institutions, large or small, are potentially under threat from malicious activity through the internet and other electronic means.

“The aim of the Cluster is to bring together key stakeholders and other interested parties to work together to help defend against cybercrime and cyber attacks.”

“Academic institutions, such as Glyndŵr University, with North Wales Police, the business community and cyber security experts in the region and nationally will all bring their knowledge and expertise to bear on the problem.”