UK opens new Cyber Security Centre

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UK Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has opened a new Cyber Security Centre in the city of Gloucester.

The ‘Cyber Works’ facility, built by Lockheed Martin at a cost of £3m, is expected to create 90 jobs in the region.

The facility will allow Lockheed Martin to work closely with UK partners to share knowledge, research and deliver cutting-edge capabilities, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated.

Baldwin said: “With our £1.9bn 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 ISIS and complex cyber threats, and I’m also delighted that this centre will further boost the UK’s cyber capabilities.”

The UK Government is also investing £10m in a Cyber Innovation Fund to support start-ups, while the £6.5m CyberInvest Scheme is building a community of industry, government, and academics to support research and improve security, according to the MoD.

National Offensive Cyber Planning is allowing the country to integrate cyber into all of its military operations. Additionally, the MoD is to open a dedicated Defence Cyber School at Shrivenham in January next year.

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