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The newly formed Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) has been nominated for the 2019, first Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) and its National Cyber Lead Neil Sinclair, pictured, has been named one of London’s Most Influential People 2019 by The Progress 1000.

The PDSC, which incorporated the London Digital Security Centre, was launched earlier in the year with the aim of reducing the vulnerability of organisations to cyber-crime and fraud. The Centre has launched a first police-backed cyber-security certification scheme, with BSI (British Standards). Thereby police forces will signpost small and medium firms towards locally based companies who have gained the Digital Security Providers certification by showing compliance with industry standards.

With partners, including local police forces, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Chambers of Commerce, and professional bodies, the PDSC regularly runs events across the UK visiting local businesses with the aim of sharing advice about cyber-crime and providing practical support.

Neil Sinclair was been recognised in The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2019 for his work in technology and cyber. The Progress 1000, with the bank Citi, is by the Evening Standard newspaper. Neil has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over 30 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 ten years and is an accredited Financial Investigator. He was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at the intelligence agency GCHQ, before 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) which includes the Secured by Design product scheme.


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