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New Head of Cyber & Innovation Welcomed at the Cyber Resilience Centre

The North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) has welcomed its new Head of Cyber & Innovation Dan Giannasi.

Dan joins after serving for 15 years with Greater Manchester Police and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU), has signed on as the new Head of Cyber & Innovation.

Working closely with the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and alongside Head of Fraud and Cybercrime Chris Maddocks, the two seconded offices will support all five police forces in the North West in providing accessible, consistent, government-backed support and training to businesses of all sizes across the North West.

Dan has over 15 of experience in policing, having worked across a diverse range of investigative roles including public protection, digital investigations and cybercrime.

Dan said “My passion for Cyber Crime came from having a passion for technology. Working in cybercrime I have managed investigations and developed connections across forces across the UK.”

“I hope to see businesses across the region improve cyber awareness and grow their resilience to the latest online crimes. I am proud to be from the region, it’s a unique ecosystem and I’m looking forward to leading the Cyber Resilience Centre.“

“This role allows me to help businesses recover from cybercrime – as well as being able to put the right security measures in place to prevent further attacks. Working alongside the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit we will work to protect the North West from serious and organised criminals.”

2022 is proving to be an exciting year of growth for the Cyber Resilience Centre, after the launch of our Funded Cyber Security Programme for business in Greater Manchester, with plans to expand this support into Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria in the next 18 months.

Joining Dan in being welcomed into the Cyber Resilience Centre this summer is Niomie Haynes as our new Client Relationship Manager. Niomie brings a wealth of experience to the centre having previously worked as Team Manager for the Fraud Prevention Team at The Very Group.

“I am really happy to be joining such a unique venture between the Cyber Resilience Centre and the North West Organised Crime team in helping businesses across the north west become more cyber resilient.

I have seen first-hand the impacts Cybercrime can have on businesses and individuals and I feel passionate about supporting others to help protect their businesses. Cybercrime is ever evolving and educating ourselves and staff is going to be key to future-proofing businesses in the region.”

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