The newly formed Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is already achieving recognition, both being nominated for the 2019 Tackling Economic Crime Awards and having its National Cyber Lead Neil Sinclair recognised as one of London's Most Influential People 2019 by The Progress 1000.
With cyber-crime being one of the fastest growing threats to businesses in the UK, the PDSC, which incorporated the London Digital Security Centre, was launched earlier in the year specifically with the aim of reducing the vulnerability of organisations to cyber-crime and fraud by supporting them develop and innovate in a secure digital environment.
The PDSC has launched the first police-backed cyber-security certification schemes in collaboration with BSI (British Standards Institution), the UK’s national standards body, to help support organisations with digital security challenges. The combination of two well-known and trusted brands will help police forces signpost small and medium organisations towards a list of locally based companies who have successfully achieved the Digital Security Providers certification by consistently demonstrating compliance with tough industry standards.
Utilising an extensive network of partners, including local police forces, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Chambers of Commerce, Professional bodies and others, the PDSC regularly runs a series of events across the UK visiting local businesses with the aim of sharing detailed advice about cyber-crime and providing practical support on how to improve security on site.
The PDSC’s Neil Sinclair has been recognised in The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2019 for his work in Technology & Cyber Security. The Progress 1000, in partnership with the global bank Citi, is the Evening Standard’s celebration of the people changing London’s future for the better.
Neil is the PDSC’s National Cyber Lead. Neil has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and has been involved in most of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations. Neil was a key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator. He was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at GCHQ, prior to joining the Police Digital Security Centre.
Simon Newman, Head of Cyber and Business Services at Police Crime Prevention Initiatives said: “I am delighted that PDSC has been recognised for its work. The nomination for a TECA Award is a reflection on the effort and commitment of the whole team in achieving our core mission - to help organisations reduce their vulnerability to cyber-crime and fraud.
“I’m also really pleased that Neil has been recognised as one of London’s most influential people in the cyber security industry. Neil works tirelessly in helping small businesses improve their security posture and this richly deserved award is a credit to the way he approaches his work.”
The PDSC is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK.
PCPI are a not-for-profit organisation who raise their own money at no cost to the Police Service or the public purse. Being a police organisation, PCPI has close working links with the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and Police and Crime Commissioners and have a governance board whose members include senior police officers from each of the four Home Nations.
As part of PCPI, and building on the success of the Secured by Design (SBD) brand which has been established for 30 years, the PDSC is uniquely placed to deliver a truly joined-up and consistent approach to tackling cyber-crime.