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Friends of the ECRC

Friends of the Centre are membership organisations who share the ECRC's view that cybercrime resilience within businesses is essential.

Friends support the ECRC through raising awareness of our aims and objectives and directing their members to take advantage to the ECRC's free membership and affordable services.

If you would like to become a Friend of the Centre  please contact us.

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National Association of Business Crime Partnerships

The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships is the National Representative body for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) across the UK.


BCRPs are a partnership approach to tackling crime and disorder in our towns and cities, uniting businesses, police and other key partners to form a holistic approach to crime prevention, through enhanced communication and intelligence sharing.


BCRPs also work to create a safer, fairer society through educating businesses and their staff with crime prevention awareness, such as online fraud, scams, and other national safety objectives including identifying and preventing CSE, violence against women and girls, counter terrorism, county lines and trafficking.

Learn more about the NABCP here: National Association of Business Crime Partnerships (

Kent & Medway Cyber Cluster (KMCC)

KMCC's is a not-for-profit organisation whose main aim is to develop the local cyber security ecosystem across Kent and Medway.


It focuses on the following three areas:

  • Building the local community on cyber security matters in all sectors.

  • Promoting innovation and growing local cyber security capabilities.

  • Facilitating cyber skills development for all, from children to professionals and local citizens.

KMCC strives to work closely with a range of partners and stakeholders such as local authorities and national public bodies, local and national businesses, local higher education institutions (HEIs) and schools. KMCC works closely with UKC3 and other regional cyber security clusters to contribute to the development of the cyber security ecosystem throughout the UK.

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Peterborough Women's Aid - ECRC Partner Charity

The ECRC is really excited to announce that it will be working Peterborough Women’s Aid (PWA) as its partner charity and the beneficiary of its Referral Scheme over the next 12 months.


PWA is the only specialist domestic abuse service in Peterborough and provides safe and stable refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing high risk domestic abuse, potentially at risk of homicide.  The refuge provides essential provision for up to eight families where we can offer our specialist, holistic model of support.


PWA runs a number of specialist community services.  We have an advice line, webchat and group work service for survivors who are living in the community.  PWA facilitates the Own My Life Programme online and in person. We work in HMP Peterborough with female residents delivering awareness and empowering sessions.   We run a weekly group session in Peterborough raising awareness about abuse, and also focussing on self-esteem, confidence and prevention.

Find out more here: Peterborough Women's Aid 

The Ipswich & Suffolk Tech Network

We are a group of tech professionals with a variety of specialisms who have come together because we want Suffolk and the East Region to be at the heart of the UK’s digital and technological community. We feel that anything and everything we can do to help achieve this is a good use of our time, and this work has already started! 

We represent Suffolk's community and educational tech focussed groups. With one easy to use calendar you can see what's available each month. Most groups offer free meetups, some online and some in real life!  At the ISTN we bring advanced education, bridging the skills gap for all learners. With our community approach we try to bring everyone together to build a stronger community, giving our talented people a platform to find their place in industry. You can see our events on our website -

Smart Manufacturing Alliance

The Smart Manufacturing Alliance was established in 2021 to support, grow and promote the manufacturing sector across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


As a membership organisation we deliver seminars, workshops, and training programs as well as a broader range of events giving manufacturers from the region to connect and build strong meaningful connections.


We also provide hands on support including business diagnostics, consultancy and support with business planning and grant identification to unlock the potential of businesses in the region.


We are delighted to be working with the ECRC, ensuring cyber security training and support is on hand for businesses in the region and making sure we are aware of the risks faced across the digital world.

Eastern Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC)

The Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) Eastern Region project began in early 2014 and represents a partnership between the public and private sectors in the six counties of the Eastern Region of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex).

CSSC Eastern Region has support from key public and private sector partners across the region including the Police, Local Resilience Forums, Environment Agency, Home Office and National Crime Agency.  Now fully operational with over 30 industry sectors, each of which is headed by one or more Industry Sector Leads (ISLs), many of whom have national/international reach within their industries.

In the event of a major incident that is likely to have wide-reaching impact across the Eastern region, our partnership with the police, transport bodies and government ensures that we can deliver “one single truth” information via ISLs for onward distribution to their networks, so that businesses can make informed, appropriate decisions if necessary.

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Cyber East

Cyber East is an industry body that works alongside the UK Government to develop the cyber security industry in the UK.


Our aim is to partner with cyber security businesses in the East of England and provide a platform for collaboration and growth within the Cyber Security industry.

Alongside this we focus on providing support to local businesses who need to increase their cyber security knowledge and need support & signposting. In order to share knowledge, skills, and capabilities across the region we are actively building a network of partnerships with a range of organisations working across academia, research, training and innovation in the Cyber industry.

As an integral part of the UK’s cyber ecosystem, our mission is to help businesses become more resilient against cybercrime and attract inward investment in the East Anglia area.

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The Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)

The Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) was established in January 2021, building on the success of the former Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), whose history can be tracked back to 2012.


iCSS represents the University of Kent as one of only 19 UK universities that are recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of the GCHQ) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UKRI – UK Research and Innovation).


We promote a broad range of interdisciplinary research in cyber security and help enhance the cyber security skills and awareness of our students and the wider community. We achieve this through diverse cyber security activities, including research, educational activities, professional training, industrial consultancies, expert talks and media communications. Our external partnerships with industries, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) enable us to develop wide-ranging collaborations with the cyber security community in the UK and worldwide

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The Eastern Fraud Forum

The Eastern Fraud Forum (EFF) has been set up to increase the resilience of regional organisations – in both the private and public sectors – to the threats posed by fraud. Run as a collaboration between professional advisors, industry members, the Police and other governmental agencies, the objective of the Forum is simple: to promote fraud awareness, to allow members to understand how best to mitigate against the risks involved, and to increase knowledge of how to respond effectively to fraud if and when it occurs.

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