Our mission is to reduce the vulnerability of British businesses to cyber crime by supporting them develop and innovate in a secure digital environment.
In 2015, the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MoPAC) established the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) to help small and medium sized businesses across the capital reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime. In 2018, LDSC was taken over by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) and given a national focus, becoming the Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC).
Our relationship with PCPI, who have been hugely successful in supporting police forces reduce crime since 1989, adds credibility to our work and provides access to a range of tried and trusted methods that increase the scope and reach of our activities.
Building on the success of the ‘Secured by Design’ initiative and the experience gathered by PCPI over the past 30 years, PDSC is uniquely placed to deliver a joined-up and consistent approach to the delivery and implementation of cyber crime advice. For further information about PCPI and the Secured by Design initiative, please click here.
PDSC is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, that works across the whole of the UK in partnership with industry, government, academia and law enforcement. We firmly believe that the overwhelming majority of cyber crime can be prevented by taking a few simple steps to protect your business. All of our advice and guidance is consistent with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Our team is passionate about helping you understand where your business may be at risk from a cyber attack or data breach.
Meet the Team
Neil is our 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 is our Strategic Development Lead. Simon has held a number of senior management positions across Government, including the Home Office. Prior to joining PDSC, Simon worked as a Strategic Advisor to the Ministry of Interior in the United Arab Emirates where he led on the development of several new crime reduction strategies and a major reorganisation of the Ministry. Simon’s role is to work with our staff and partners in developing and implementing the long term strategy of the Centre. He also supports the National Cyber Lead by reviewing our progress against the strategy and in identifying new priority areas.
Nicola is our Office Manager. Nicola has over 20 years experience in the law enforcement and intelligence analysis environment. Nicola has worked as an analyst, supervisor, trainer, manager and consultant across the fields of volume crime, major crime, police complaints, fraud, trading standards, vulnerable young people and cyber crime.
Prior to joining the PDSC, Nicola worked at Wandsworth Council, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Greater Manchester Police and Essex Police.
Hannah is our Business Engagement Officer. Hannah’s primary role is to engage with our members to help them improve their digital security posture, as well as assisting with the ‘In The Community’ programme and Digital Security Clinics.
Hannah has recently graduated from University, completing a BSc Honours degree in Computer Security and Forensics and is now looking to help people become more secure in this digital age.
Tom Lejava is our Support Officer and is an integral part of the team. Tom supports all aspects of the Centre, making sure that the various Centre products are updated regularly with a variety of different media such as graphics and videos. Tom also creates visual content that can be shared across the Centre’s social media channels.
After studying Graphic Communications in Coulsdon College, Tom immediately found an interest in the creative industry. Tom now has 3+ years within the graphic design industry.