Graham Thomson of Irwin Mitchell LLP is joining the Cyber Resilience Centre as a Founding Partner

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester (CRCGM) is delighted to announce it’s newest Founding Partner as Graham Thomson, Chief Information Security Officer for Irwin Mitchell.

The CRCGM plays a key role in supporting businesses in Greater Manchester to strengthen their shields against cyber threats.

CGI, Northrop Grumman, NCC Group, Siemens and Deloitte have already signed up as Founding Partners. As part of their role, they contribute to safeguarding the Greater Manchester business community whilst influencing the regional approach to tackling cybercrime.

Graham has been with Irwin Mitchell for nearly four years, having previously worked for The Hut Group, Think Money Group, Aviva & more. Graham is responsible for all aspects of information & cybersecurity, and data insights & analytics for the group.

“The cyber threat has never been as high, with cybercriminals as well as nations states taking advantage of the pandemic to carry out highly damaging activities in cyberspace. There has never been such an important time for businesses to be aware of the threat, and to do the rights things to protect themselves.“

Graham describes himself as a battle-hardened cyber-warrior with over 20 years’ experience at the sharp end. He has in-depth industry knowledge covering intelligence, cybersecurity, technology risk, incident response and serious crime investigations.

Graham Thomson commented: “Joining the CRCGM and becoming a Founding Partner is a great way for Irwin Mitchell to give back, to support Policing and the Greater Manchester Digital Strategy, and really help our communities be better protected against the persistent onslaught of cybercrime. We will also play an important part in helping upskill the next generation of cyber-warriors and increase their employability into this fast-growing sector. As a Founding Partner, it will be a privilege to be at the forefront of this great initiative and help influence its strategic direction in the region.”

The CRCGM plays a key role in supporting businesses in Greater Manchester to strengthen their shields against cyber threats. Graham Thomson commented “The Cyber Resilience Centre is an amazing joint venture that will help the Greater Manchester community of businesses and charities work together to strengthen their shields against the relentless cyber threat. The cyber threat has never been as high, with cybercriminals as well as nations states taking advantage of the pandemic to carry out highly damaging activities in cyberspace. There has never been such an important time for businesses to be aware of the threat, and to do the rights things to protect themselves. Together the Cyber Resilience Centre members provide a vast wealth of skills and experience in fighting the good fight.”

Businesses can join the CRCGM through a range of membership packages to access guidance, tips and affordable services to help better protect themselves against the threat of cybercrime.