Online Training to Support Local Businesses to Use Superfast Broadband

Local MP praises e-safety contract for iNorthumberland project

As superfast broadband is rolled out across the region the iNorthumberland Business Support service has appointed Northumberland-based firm Security Risk Management (SRM) Ltd to deliver cyber security Masterclasses that will complement their online learning initiative.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency says: “Superfast broadband for every home in Northumberland is one of my key campaigns and I am delighted that it is being rolled out to many villages across our county, though there is more to do. The iNorthumberland initiative will enable the county’s small and medium sized businesses make the most of the opportunities presented by superfast broadband by giving them the tools to stay safe online. I am pleased that Security Risk Management, a company with strong Northumberland roots, will be delivering a world-class training and support package for local businesses.”

The aim is to ensure that Northumberland’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and small businesses will reap maximum benefits from superfast broadband while being aware of how to protect themselves from cyber threats.

The iNorthumberland service has been established to provide an online cyber education programme, delivered via its online portal. SRM’s experienced cyber security consultants will be sharing their knowledge to help businesses operates safely and effectively in this exciting area.

Brian Fenwick, Director of SRM, says: “We are delighted to be involved with such a worthwhile programme which will benefit businesses within our home area”.

A key aspect of the iNorthumberland programme is an online learning portal, delivering a range of eLearning courses, specifically developed by industry experts. To date over 300 eligible users have signed up to the programme but it is expected ultimately that up to 350 SMEs and social enterprise business will receive 12 hours of intensive business support via the portal while up to 330 further businesses are expected to improve their capability and performance with spin off benefits to regional employment.

 

Notes to Editors

Security Risk Management (SRM)

SRM is a UK  based Information Security and Training Consultancy headquartered in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne with a dedicated Forensics Laboratory in Rugby, an office in London and a small base near Berwick upon Tweed. The company is a Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Security Assessor with consultants who are Cyber Security Experts and ISO 27001 Lead Auditors. It is one of only 18 companies worldwide accredited by the Payment Card Industry to investigate breaches of credit card data and is also involved in delivering training at adult higher education level to Computer Forensic and Cyber Security students.

iNorthumberland

The iNorthumberland project is being delivered by Arch Digital, a private sector development company established by Northumberland County Council to further development and regeneration in the county. The project is funded jointly by Northumberland County Council and the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013. The programme aims to provide ‘high quality business support to ambitious businesses in Northumberland, helping them to harness the opportunities of superfast broadband and associated technologies in order to effectively manage and grow a business online’.

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