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The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) has welcomed back Michelle Kradolfer, who joins as a Cyber Development Support Officer. She will be responsible for the Centre’s SME certification schemes, besides supporting the rest of the team in delivering community outreach work; such as breakfast seminars, ‘Cyber Security Clinics’ and workshops.

Michelle, pictured, graduated from Middlesex University in December 2019, with a Master of Cyber crime and Digital Investigation (with Distinction). Her previous academic background includes a Master of Criminology and Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies, which she completed at the University of Sydney in Australia. As part of her Masters, Michelle did a work placement with PDSC.

In 2014 Michelle was an intern at the international policing organisation Interpol, with the Research and Innovation team within the Cyber Innovation and Outreach Directorate. That internship sparked an interest in cyber crime and cyber security, and wishing to pursue a career in this field she moved to London a few years later.

In 2019, Michelle completed a course on blockchain forensics by CipherTrace, a risk intelligence and compliance monitoring software firm; and was accredited as a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE). She also gained a certificate for a foundation course in coding and web development. As a Swiss national with a multicultural background, Michelle is able to speak several languages, which include German, Swiss-German, Spanish (mother tongue) and some French.

Michelle said: “My goal in choosing to work in this field has always been to use my skills and knowledge to help prevent people falling victim to cyber crime and to play a part in creating a safer digital environment for everyone. That is why I am very excited for the opportunity to join PDSC. I am really looking forward to working tirelessly with the team in delivering our objectives in helping organisations reduce their vulnerability to cyber crime.”

Simon Newman, Head of Cyber and Business Services for Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle back to the organisation. Having previously worked with us, as well as working as an intern at INTERPOL, she comes to us with a really good understanding of the issues affecting SMEs.”

Simon Newman is among the invited speakers at the first Security TWENTY conference of 2020, ST20 Birmingham, at the Hilton Metropole at the NEC, on Thursday, February 20.

About the PDSC

The PDSC is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), the police owned body that works on behalf of UK police to deliver crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives. Visit www.policedsc.com.


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