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£3m Cyber Security Centre opens in Gloucester creating 90 jobs

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Written by: The Business | Posted 17 July 2017 7:14

£3m Cyber Security Centre opens in Gloucester creating 90 jobs
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A multi-million pound government facility built to help tackle cyber crime has opened in Gloucester – creating 90 jobs.

The £3million Cyber Works centre was opened by Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin who said it will protect the UK from complex threats in “the war against Daesh”.

It was built by Lockheed Martin UK, the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company.

The centre - based at Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth - forms part of the Government’s £1.9billion investment in cyber security and Ms Baldwin, the Conservative Party MP for West Worcestershire, described Britain as “a world leader in the field”.

She said: “It is a five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to create a UK which is secure and resilient to cyber threats and prosperous and confident in the digital world.”

Paul James, the Conservative leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this investment and the high-quality jobs it creates for people in Gloucester and the wider county.

“Gloucestershire’s decision to target cyber security as a key growth sector seems to be paying off and I’m sure the county will continue to develop as a hub for this increasingly important industry.”

Peter Ruddock, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK, said: “Cyber security is one of the most challenging issues that countries face and Lockheed Martin is uniquely placed to help develop solutions to protect our national security.

"Our Cyber Works centre will draw on our extensive expertise in this area and act as a hub for collaboration with government, industry, academia and international partners on Research & Development, skills and training.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, chairman of the NSC Cyber Security Committee, said: “Britain is a world leader in cyber security and I welcome Lockheed Martin’s investment to explore cutting-edge solutions that will help bolster our defence from online-attacks.

“We have witnessed recent attempts to undermine our digital infrastructure - including a cyber-attack on Parliament, the very heart of democracy. And we are clear the UK must continue to keep up with the scale and pace of the threats it faces, which is why we are investing £1.9 billion in cyber-security.”

Ms Baldwin said: “With our 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.”

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

The Cyber Works centre will support Lockheed Martin’s contribution to CyberInvest, while the company has also signed up to the Government’s CyberFirst scheme which will boost UK skills by inspiring and supporting young people considering roles in cyber security and intelligence.

According to its website Lockheed Martin UK is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, "a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services".

It employs an estimated 10,000 staff in the UK where it has its headquarters in London.

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