Investment to boost cyber growth across the UK
Wednesday July 14th, 2021
Cyber businesses across the country are set to benefit from £700,000 in funding to help people develop their skills, collaborate and break down regional barriers to growth.
The funding – from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – has been awarded to UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3), a network of 20 regional clusters of cyber businesses, employers and local organisations which work together to boost the UK’s cyber security sector.
This organization helps cybersecurity businesses build partnerships and programs that break down barriers to growth, such as skill gaps and lack of business support, and provide a focus for industry stakeholders to engage.
This fund will be used by UKC3 to provide networking, knowledge sharing, and funding opportunities to support the development of skills and the promotion of innovation.
Minister for digital infrastructure Matt Warman said: “Our cyber security sector is already worth £8.9bn and we’re working tirelessly to take its magnificent growth to the next level.
“Our new UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration will help tackle the barriers to growth, boost people’s digital skills and give firms a new route to develop their business acumen.”
UKC3 chair Richard Yorke added: “The UK’s thriving cyber sector is recognised as world leading and through greater collaboration, innovation and skills development we have a real opportunity to deliver growth that benefits businesses and individual citizens across the UK.”
“This is an exciting and pivotal time for the cyber industry and we encourage organisations to engage with us to drive growth in the sector,” he said.
This funding is part of the government’s broader efforts to develop the UK’s strengths in cyber to facilitate post-pandemic recovery and improve prosperity and security. Work is on track to develop a new national cyber strategy that the government plans to announce later this year.