Government invests heavily in cyber security innovation

A new government-backed cyber security centre, designed to help UK companies showcase their products and services, has opened in London.

The Cyber Demonstration Centre, backed by the government’s National Cyber Security Programme, is accompanied by the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP) Exchange, a website with a cyber-map identifying over 900 companies around the UK.


Public-private partnership

The centre is the result of a collaboration between UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the Department for Culture Media and Sport and specialist firm Raytheon.

Lord Maude, Minister for Trade and Investment in UKTI, and Ed Vaizey Minister for the Digital Economy in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, launched the two initiatives to promote the UK cyber security industry, which is worth £17bn and employs over 1000,000 people in the UK cyber security industry.

Lord Maude, Minister for Trade and Investment said: “I am delighted that companies in the cyber sector have a facility to demonstrate products to foreign clients and partners. It is important that we can offer them not only this facility but also the advice and support they need to export their technology.

“The UK is a world leader in this sector and many countries around the world have significant requirements that UK companies can offer high quality solutions”.


‘Thriving digital economy’

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy said: “The UK has a thriving digital economy so it’s crucial we have the tools to keep UK businesses and citizens safe online.

“The Government is investing £860m in the National Cyber Security Programme and the Cyber Growth Partnership is finding new ways to promote the UK cyber security industry.

“The new Cyber Centre and CGP Exchange being launched today will provide opportunities for our companies to promote their capabilities and sell their world-beating products at home and abroad, and contribute to UK growth and security.”

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