Detective Constable Patrick McBrearty is a Cyber Protect Officer within the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands (ROCUWM). WMROCU has the responsibility of protecting the communities in the West Midlands from serious and organised crime.
Patrick will be talking about the current cyber threat landscape, the threat actors and their methods. He will discuss the UK Cyber Strategy, whilst also providing a description on how the national strategy is being delivered more locally. He will conclude with some advice around what businesses and the public can do to protect themselves against the majority of cyber-attacks.
He has served within the Police for seventeen years in a variety of Intelligence and Investigation departments pursuing those engaged in serious and organised criminality. Prior to this Patrick has served in a variety of public services, including reserve and regular military service.
Patrick also has a good understanding of Cyber Security from an academic standpoint having studied a BSc Risk and Security Management and an MSc Criminal Investigation and Cyber Security. In addition to his day job Patrick is an associate University lecturer of Cyber Security.