Government initiatives promote UK cyber-security sector

Today a government-backed UK Cyber Demonstration Centre was launched in central London, backed by a new web portal to enable companies to demonstrate their capabilities - funded as part of the Cabinet Office's National Cyber Security Programme.

Users can locate products and services via the new Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP) Exchange, a web portal incorporating a UK cyber-map showing more than 900 specialist firms.

The UK Cyber Demonstration Centre was developed by UKTI, the Department for Culture Media and Sport and technology firm Raytheon UK as a facility to showcase the breadth, depth and quality of the UK offer on cyber security.

The new Centre and CGP Exchange are described as important tools and promote the growth and development of the UK cyber security sector domestically as well as its overseas exports. Companies will be able to log in to site, update content and provide information on the services they offer.

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 the government says is worth £17 billion.

Maude 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”.

Vaizey noted that the Government is investing £860 million in the National Cyber Security Programme and the Cyber Growth Partnership is finding new ways to promote the UK cyber-security industry. He adds: “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.”

Julian David, CEO techUK described the CGP Cyber Exchange as a great example of what can be achieved when all parties work together. “The hub demonstrates the strength and breadth of UK capability – we have over 800 companies across the country who can provide world class solutions to tackle the growing cyber security threat being faced around the world.”

Vaizey also launched a new careers hub today, aimed at encouraging people into the Cyber Security industry. The Inspired Careers website is designed to help address the cyber-security skills shortage by attracting new people into the industry and providing professional career paths and opportunities.  The site has been developed with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the UK Government's National Cyber Security Programme, with the support of CREST,

Vaizey commented: “Increasing the cyber-skills talent pool is essential for both the public and private sectors as we face the reality of increasing cyber-threats.” PwC is sponsoring the Cyber Security building. 
 
 “The primary aim of Inspired Careers is to encourage talented people into the industry, either straight from education or from other industries, as well as to help nurture and harness the skills we already have,” explained Ian Glover, president of CREST.