Your Local Protect Team
Cyber Protect Officer
Samantha Hancock is the Cyber Protect Officer for Derbyshire Constabulary, supporting Businesses, Third Sector and a broad range of Communities across Derbyshire.
Sam’s career in Policing saw her join Derbyshire Constabulary as staff member in 2003 where she was the Co-ordinator for the Derbyshire Business Against Crime initiative for 3 years, until moving over to Nottinghamshire Police in to replicate the project. Sam spent 10 years with Notts, including being promoted to Crime Prevention Unit Manager and Strategic Crime Prevention lead for Notts Police.
In October 2016, Sam took up the position of Force Cyber Protect Officer with Leicestershire Police, initially increasing cyber and fraud awareness within Force, and then broadening out to businesses and local communities to help both raise awareness and make them more resilient against Cybercrime and Fraud. Sam transferred back to Derbyshire Constabulary in May 2021 to take up the role of Cyber Protect Officer, much nearer to home.
Sam has undertaken a number of courses in the Cyber field, and also holds CISMP (Certificate in Information Security Management Principles). She also has a wide experience of public engagement, running workshops and training, and experience in the use of using social media, networks and traditional media in order to push out messages and guidance to help all of our communities.
Although responsible for local delivery and messaging for Derbyshire Constabulary Cybercrime Team, Sam works in collaboration with EMSOU Cyber Crime Team, and will also be working in partnership with EMCRC.
What's going on in your area?
Tuesday, February 8, is Safer Internet Day 2022, and Derbyshire Constabulary will be hosting a webinar - or an online event - to offer safety advice to people when it comes to using the internet, social media and their emails.
It will be a non-tech awareness session to alert the public of the types of cybercrime, fraud and scams that are so prevalent right now. The webinar will also cover the topic of how people can better protect themselves online.
This session will be of benefit to anyone who uses the internet and email services but is perhaps a little worried or concerned about the pitfalls that exist online. It's also for people who want to upskill their online knowledge; for people who want to know how to spot a scam or a fraudulent email; for those who want to feel safer online and on social media and for those who want to use online services but are not so confident in doing so.
Maybe you're a sole trader or small business owner who knows the power of online but isn't sure how to protect your business from cyber incidents.