Defence Minister opens £3 million Cyber Security Centre

The Defence Minister has opened a Cyber Security Centre worth £3 million in Gloucester.

The new centre is designed to tackle cyber threats made to the UK and will enable Lockheed Martin to work closely with its UK partners to share knowledge, research and deliver cutting edge capabilities. It will create 90 high tech jobs in Gloucester.

The government is investing £1.9 billion in cyber security as part of its five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to ensure the UK is resilient to cyber threats and prosperous in the digital world.

A key part of that strategy is partnerships with industry, with £10 million being invested in a new Cyber Innovation Fund to give start-ups the boost and partners they need, while £6.5 million is going on a scheme designed to build a community of industry, government and academics to support cutting-edge research and build UK security in cyber space.

Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement, said: “With our £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy, Britain is a world leader in the field and the opening of today’s cutting-edge centre is a great example of how partnerships with industry are at the heart of that strategy. Together we are developing solutions to national security risks.

We are already leading in NATO with support to offensive and defensive operations in the fight against Daesh and complex cyber threats, and I’m also delighted that this centre will further boost the UK’s cyber capabilities.”

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