Protecting yourself and your organisation

The NECPN consists of Cyber Protect Officers within the Regional Organised Crime Unit and 3 North East Police Forces; Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria.

Our underlying aim is to reduce the likelihood of organisations and individuals in our region from becoming victims of cybercrime and provide support to those that do. We are here to assist in any way we can. Put simply, we want to reduce the number of victims of cybercrime.

The good news is, a lot of common attacks can be prevented by doing the basics. We’re here to tell you what those basics are, and a little bit more.

For individuals and families, take a look at our At Home section.

If you’re an organisation or a business; we offer advice on defending yourself against common attacks as well as how to be better prepared to recover from an attack. We offer staff training to spot common threats, 1 to 1 sessions, presentations, workshops and even offer a free vulnerability assessment. Go to our Business section to find out more.

Or get in touch at nerccuprotect@durham.pnn.police.uk

Don’t worry about the @Durham email address. We’ll make sure you speak to the right person.


Cyber Protect Officers

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Jonny Green

NERSOU Cyber Protect Officer

Jonathan comes from a strong technical background, with a BSc(Hons) Computer Science degree and currently studying towards a MSc in Cyber Security. He has completed training in CISMP; CompTIA Sec+; ISO 27001 and Cyber Incident Response Management.

Jonathan joined the police in 2008 as an intelligence analyst and has worked at both local and regional levels. He joined the North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit in 2017 as a Cyber PROTECT Officer where his primary role was to engage with businesses and communities in the Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria police force areas providing national advice and guidance.

He has extensive experience of speaking at forum, group and cluster events, as well as specific advice and support to businesses on a one-to-one basis. He can deliver tailored staff awareness sessions and also cyber exercises to test business resilience in the event of a cyber attack.

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Jon Hudson

NERSOU Cyber Protect Officer

Jon worked in Durham Constabulary’s IT Department as a desktop support engineer for 10 years achieving Microsoft Qualifications (MCDST, MCTS, MCP) before moving across to NERSOU in 2014 to help set up the new Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU). He was trained in digital forensics, acquisition of live digital data and advanced open source investigation techniques.

He spent 3 years in the investigation team of the RCCU, tackling Cyber Dependant Crime before moving to the newly formed Protect role in November 2017. Since then, Jon has then completed training relevant to the Protect role in Cyber Incident Response Management, ISO27001, Information Security (CISMP) and Comp TIA Sec +. Jon is currently undertaking a Cyber Security masters in Cyber Security at Sunderland University.

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Claire Vandenbroecke

Northumbria Police Cyber Protect Officer

Claire Vandenbroecke has been working for Northumbria Police since June 2018; joining initially as a Customer Service Advisor in their Communications Department before moving over to the newly formed Force Specialist Cyber Crime Investigation Team as their dedicated Cyber Protect and Prepare Officer.

Since then she has completed training in CISMP and Comp TIA Sec+ and her primary role is to engage with businesses and communities in the Northumbria Police area, providing advice and guidance in the form of presentations, workshops and webinars. In addition, Claire provides personalised, one-to-one support to victims of cybercrime and is the Lead Co-ordinator of the free Vulnerability Assessment Service which the North East Protect Network provides to businesses in the Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police areas.

Claire comes from a digital media background, with a BA(Hons) degree in Film and American Studies, and has worked on many TV, film and radio productions around the UK. Her love of technology grew from these experiences and she often calls upon the skills she acquired during this time when designing new, innovative ways to deliver her cyber security messages to the public.

Bio Claire Turnbull

Claire Turnbull

Durham Constabulary Cyber Protect Officer

Claire is the Cyber Prevent and Protect Supervisor with Durham Constabulary, managing the Cyber Prevent and Protect team which cover the whole of County Durham and Darlington. Claire’s career in Policing started when she joined Durham Constabulary in 1992 as a Special Constable.

Claire has experience in various roles within the organisation and joined the Cyber Crime Team in 2017.

Claire and her team deliver Cyber Protect advice to communities, local businesses and organisations, and host business events for local SMEs. She is experienced in sharing messages with the wider public through social media and community alerts. Claire and her team also provide personalised, one-to-one advice and support to previous victims of Cyber Crime to prevent them from becoming repeat victims.

In her role, Claire covers the Protect, Prevent and Prepare strands of the 4 P’s strategy to help make businesses and the public more resilient against Cyber Crime. Claire has undertaken a number of courses in Cyber Security from both Firebrand and QA, and is certified in CISMP (Certificate in Information Security Management Principles).

Bio Maresa Bell

Maresa Bell

Durham Constabulary Cyber Protect Officer

Maresa has been in the role of Cyber Prevent and Protect Officer at Durham since April 2020.

As part of the team, Maresa helps increase public awareness of cybercrime through social media and provides advice to communities and small businesses. This can be in the form of presentations, interactive training or events.

Maresa also provides personal advice to victims of cybercrime and ensures they have the support to prevent them from being a repeat victim. Within Prevent, her aim is to help support parents and schools spot the signs of potential misuse, educate young people on the computer misuse act and the different path ways they can take with their skills.

Bio Jessica Oughtred

Jessica Oughtred

Durham Constabulary Cyber Protect Officer

Jessica has been in the role of Cyber Prevent and Protect Officer at Durham since February 2021.

As part of the team, Jessica is involved in preparing and delivering quality advice to victims and potential victims of cybercrime, including individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations. Jessica helps to increase public awareness of cybercrime through social media and advice to communities and small businesses. This can be in the form of presentations, interactive training or events.

Jessica also provides personal advice to victims of cybercrime and ensures they have the support to prevent them from being a repeat victim.

Within Prevent, her aim is to help support parents and schools spot the signs of potential misuse, educate young people on the computer misuse act and the different path ways they can take with their skills.

Bio Kelly Close

Kelly Close

Cleveland Police Cyber Protect Officer

Kelly joined Cleveland Police Control Room in 1997 while studying Systems Analysis, however loved the role so stayed for 20 years working in both the emergency call handler and dispatch positions.  In this position Kelly received specialist training for major incidents and is a tactical advisor for pursuits.

After this Kelly joined  the Community Safety Team for three years, working as a Crime Prevention Officer.  This role was mainly focused on safeguarding vulnerable people, looking at their home physical security, personal safety and their online digital safety, as well as community engagement.  It was here that Kelly developed her interest in cyber security and fraud and was successful in joining the Cyber Crime Team.

Since joining the team in October Kelly has completed her NCSC Foundation Course and the Protect course, and is now preparing for the CompTIA Security + exam in the summer.