National Cyber Strategy published
Wednesday January 12th, 2022
A new National Cyber Strategy has been published setting out the government’s approach to protecting and promoting the UK’s interests in cyberspace.
The UK’s cyber security sector has a strong international reputation for excellence and innovation, and has grown significantly in the last five years, delivering more than £4bn in exports in 2020.
The strategy builds on the significant progress made on cyber over the last five years which has seen the UK cyber security sector grow rapidly, with over 1,400 businesses generating revenues of £8.9 billion last year, supporting 46,700 skilled jobs, and attracting significant overseas investment.
Hampshire, like the UK, has seen strong growth in cyber businesses and employment. The sector has accelerated significantly over the last 12 months as demand for cyber services has surged. Beyond Encryption, Censornet, Talion and Razor Secure, all based in Hampshire, have all reported growth in the last year and secured combined investments totalling more than £5m.
Paul Holland, CEO and Founder of Beyond Encryption, said “With the pandemic causing a drastic alteration to business landscapes, pushing a significant portion of services online, companies across the UK are starting to heavily prioritise the protection of their digital assets. With a growing number of breaches and attacks being reported, it is fundamental for organisations to step up their cybersecurity and ensure company and customer data is safeguarded.”
“Fortunately, the UK has risen to the challenge, with the recent, unprecedented growth of the Cyber industry being instrumentally supported by the tech and SaaS businesses based in Hampshire. We have rapidly developed into a thriving sector capable of securing vital technology advancements and are extraordinarily lucky to have access to a hub of talented and resourceful individuals who are leading the way in digital innovation.”
A key pillar within the strategy is deepening the partnership between government, academia, and industry and the University of Southampton University Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity, Cyber Security Academy and dedicated Research Group will play a key role in meeting this objection.
Recognised as Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education the university is working with organisations such as Boeing, U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Northrop-Grumman, and Roke Manor.