• Fortnite: Battle Royale

    Fortnite: Battle Royale has received a considerable amount of media coverage recently due to growing popularity amongst children – and also emerging safety concerns. The NSPCC have pulled together some information about the game and how to keep your children safe while playing it.

  • Joint US - UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

    The NCSC, FBI and DHS have issued a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government.

  • National Lottery customers warned to change passwords

    Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, has asked all customers to change their passwords as a precaution, following a "low level" cyberattack that affected some 150 accounts.

  • NCSC Cyber Security - Small Business Guide

    Cyber security can feel like a daunting challenge for many small business owners. But it needn’t be. Following the five quick and easy steps outlined in the guide below could save time, money and even your business’ reputation.

  • The Little Book of Cyber Scams

    The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), Eastern ROCU, are pleased to present you with our 'Little Book of Cyber Scams', reproduced with kind permission of the Falcon Protect team at the Metropolitan Police.


Cyber Protect Programme

The Cyber Protect Programme is a national network of regional organised crime units (ROCUs) coordinated by the City of London Police .

The network consists of Cyber Protect Coordinators, Cyber Protect Officers and Cyber Security Advisors across the ROCUs and police forces within their regions.

The aim of the network is to raise awareness about the threats posed to the UK by cyber crime, and to provide individuals and businesses with advice & guidance on how they can protect themselves. Understanding and adopting simple online security is key to enabling individuals and small businesses to become more resilient against the cyber threat, while also getting the most out of being online.

The majority of cyber crime is easily preventable, and it is necessary law enforcement engage with businesses and communities to provide crime prevention advice in order to protect them from becoming victims of cyber crime.

Cyber Protect Advice

The Government state that by following these simple steps the majority of cyber crime can be prevented:

  • Install the latest software and app updates

Cyber criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software and app updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices secure.

You’ll often receive a prompt on your computer, smartphone or tablet to inform you that a software or app is ready to be updated. Don’t ignore this message. The few minutes it takes to download and install the updates could save you a significant amount of time and trouble in the long run, reducing the risk of you falling victim to identity theft.

Software and app updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night whilst asleep when your device is plugged in or set your mobile or tablet to automatically update them when you are connected to Wi-Fi. So why not have a look at your devices and install your software and app updates. Below are some useful steps to help you do this.

  • Use strong passwords

Use a minimum of 8 characters including a combination of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters.

Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts and find out vital personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth.

Having a strong, separate password for your email means that if cyber criminals steal the password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your email account.

A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, for example 3redhousemonkeys27!

Be creative and use words memorable to you, so that people can’t guess your password. Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about yourself so don’t use words such as your child’s name or favourite sports team which are easy for people to guess.

Cyber criminals are very smart and know many of the simple substitutions we use such as ‘Pa55word!” which utilises symbols to replace letters.

Never use the following personal details for your password:

•Current partner’s name

•Child’s name

•Other family members’ name

•Pet’s name

•Place of birth

•Favourite holiday

•Something related to your favourite sports team

Where available use two-factor authentication on your email account.

Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security, as it means your account can only be accessed on a device that you have already registered

When you first log-in with a new device you are asked to complete a second step after entering your password, such as providing your fingerprint or entering a unique code which has been sent to your phone.

Visit the HM Government Cyber Aware website for further details, guidance and advice.



In partnership with Bedfordshire Police, Cyber Security Advisor Sean O'Neil and ERSOU's Cyber Protect Coordinator Sam Allen, will be at the free NatWest Women in Business Boost Event to discuss the latest cyber crime threats. Both will be on hand to provide practical advice and guidance to protect your business from cyber crime and attacks.

Date and Time:

Thursday 28th June 2018

09:00 - 13:00 hrs


The Rufus Centre
Steppingley Road
MK45 1AH

For more details and to secure your place, visit Eventbrite.


Regional Contacts

Sam Allen - Regional Cyber Protect Coordinator
[email protected]
01707 355498 / 07590 461366

Rebecca Tinsley - Regional Cyber Protect Coordinator
[email protected]
01707 355498 / 07720 203955

Force Contacts

Aimee Payne - Kent Cyber Protect Officer
[email protected]
01622 654322 / 07870 252485

Dave Gibb - Essex Cyber Protect Officer
[email protected]
07973 369121

Dave Anthony - Essex Cyber Protect Officer
[email protected]

Sean O'Neil - Bedfordshire Cyber Security Advisor
[email protected]
07720 204358

Julie Lloyd - Hertfordshire Community Safety Manager
[email protected]
01707 355881

Cambrigeshire Constabulary
Cambridgeshire currently do not have a Cyber Protect Officer. For cyber matters in force please contact: [email protected]

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary
Norfolk and Suffolk currently do not have a Cyber Protect Officer. For cyber matters in force please contact: [email protected]



ERSOU's Cyber Protect Team work in partnership with the following agencies:

National Cyber Security Centre - launched in October 2016 to help protect the UK's critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Our vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

City of London Police - deliver the National Cyber Protect Programme which focusses on providing advice and guidance to businesses and the public to protect them from fraud and cyber crime.

Cyber Aware - (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals, so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from cyber criminals.

Get Safe Online - is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. They provide advice on how to protect yourself, your computers, mobiles devices and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

Take Five - a national awareness campaign led by FFA UK (part of UK Finance), backed by Her Majesty’s Government and delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector, urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Action Fraud - is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.



In this section you will find freely available materials to download, print and share, to help protect businesses and the public from fraud and cyber crime.

Home Office - Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018

ERSOU's Little Book of Cyber Scams

NCSC's Cyber Security: Small Business Guide

NCSC's Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide


Social Media

Connect with the ERSOU cyber protect team on social media at the following:

Twitter - @ersourocu

Linkedin - ERSOU Cyber Protect Network

Connect with the national cyber protect lead, the City of London Police:

Linkedin - Cyber Protect UK

Twitter - @CyberProtectUK

Facebook - CyberProtectUK

The Cyber Trust Group is a project initiated by Bedfordshire Police to pool commercial expertise and improve cyber awareness in the business community and general public resident or working within Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Members of the Cyber Trust Group are recruited from: regional law enforcement; cyber security; SME IT support and risk & compliance. Their expertise and approach are drawn from experience in consultancy, operations and marketing.

Share - They meet to share and learn from current cyber threats and incidents to inform the production of protect advice and incident recovery guidance.

Collaborate - They work in partnership; using complementary IT skills and cyber crime experience to assist in prevention and resolution of incidents.

Advise - Their aim is to evolve as a trusted, reliable and relevant provider of cyber security advice and assistance through local, vetted IT experts.

Educate - They share knowledge within group members to form a consensus about, and a consistency of the most effective methods of cyber protection and recovery.

The Cyber Trust Group is live in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. For further information in these areas, please visit the Cyber Trust Group Website.

We intend to establish further trust groups within the eastern region and we'd welcome interested parties to make contact by emailing [email protected]


CiSP (Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership) is a joint industry and government initiative set up to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure, confidential and dynamic environment; operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information, increasing situational awareness and reducing the impact on UK business.

Since the launch of CiSP in March 2013, the value of this collaboration has been recognised by industry, with CiSP continuing to grow considerably. As of December 2017, over 4020 organisations and 9097 individuals have signed up to this free service.

CiSP members are also able to receive network monitoring reports. This free service allows users to receive tailored feeds of information from the NCSC covering any malicious activity that we see on your network.

Users can sign up for this service when they join CiSP or register your interest and a member of the team will get back to you when you have the necessary information.

To find out more about CiSP and how to join, visit the website at:  www.ncsc.gov.uk/cisp

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