London plays host to cyber-security demonstration centre

The British government is funding a new cyber-security demonstration centre, based in London, which is designed to show-off the capabilities of local security start-ups.

The new Cyber Demonstration Centre has been set-up by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), on behalf of the Cyber Growth Partnership, with funding coming from the Cabinet Office's National Cyber Security Programme.

The centre, the precise location of which has not yet been disclosed, is designed to “demonstrate the latest cyber-security technologies” emanating from UK companies. Visiting companies will be able to do this using the centre's “state of art audio visual facilities”, which include three large 4K HD screens, as well as its Cisco video conferencing facilities.

The UK has a dynamic and innovative cyber security industry. The sector has more than 2,000 companies, which are mostly Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and more than 40,000 employees. Ed Vaizey talked up the capabilities of local start-ups at a recent conference in London, with SC in attendance.

As of today, it is available for hire by UK companies, who may wish to demonstrate products or services.

As an introductory offer all companies will be able to use the centre for the first time for free. There will be several open days where companies can come to see a demonstration of the centre's capabilities.

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