Worcestershire Science Park Takes Driving Seat in UK’s Cyber Security Bid

Worcestershire Science Park Takes Driving Seat in UK’s Cyber Security Bid

Innovators at Malvern’s science park are developing technologies designed to aid the government’s plan to improve the country’s ability to defend against cyber attacks. Philip Hammond, Chancellor, has announced £1.9bn in funding against cyber crime.

The science park, which is home to Dephrisk, UTC Aerospace Systems, Borwell, 3SDL and QinetiQ, is steering cyber security developments, with the National Cyber Skills Centre operating from its space.

The general manager of the centre, Dr. Stephen Wright, said:

“Cyber is an intrinsic part of our private and business life and protecting it from being misused needs to be a priority.

“Businesses and individuals can defend themselves from 90% of attacks by taking some basic defensive steps – it is just knowing what those steps are which is where we can help.

“Cybersecurity is an on-going threat and the knowledge based at Malvern Hills will help change the game for the region and UK.”

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for the economy, Dr. Ken Pollock, said that they have one of the fastest growing economies in the country and that much of it is down to such sites as Malvern Hills.

He said:

 

“Any cyber, defence, IT or technology business looking for a UK hub can see that Worcestershire has like-minded organisations which are keeping the UK safe by developing technologies to prevent cyber-attacks.”

The science park’s Phase Five development is underway after it managed to secure an LEP investment for £4m. Last year saw the completion of Phase Four thanks to investment from Malvern Hills District Council and WCC.

The National Cyber Skills Centre is a key hub for anything cyber-related and was established at the country’s sole accredited centre for e-skills. This, combined with the collection of cyber security firms based at Malvern, is assisting Worcestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership to appeal to both new skills and new businesses.

LEP executive director Gary Woodman called Malvern Hills pivotal to the growth strategy in the region.

He said that expansion of the science park should entice companies from the technology, cyber security, and IT sectors to become a part of the centre’s cyber family, as well as create new jobs in the sector.

He added that they are trying to be the number one county for firms seeking cyber support and that they are already in prime position thanks to the National Cyber Skills Centre.

More centres such as Malvern Science Park would be welcome at a time when cyber defence is so crucial at both government and commerce level. Individual businesses need to take a proactive role in ensuring that the UK, and their company, is strong in the wake of a cyber threat.

By focusing on IT security recruitment, it would be taking the right steps towards protecting their customer data, not to mention their reputation (a breach could see them make headlines for all the wrong reasons). Without doubt, the creation of IT security jobs is essential to our cyber defence.

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