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UKC3 recognise Surrey as a Cyber Security Cluster

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The UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) have officially recognised the county of Surrey as a cluster within the cyber security sector, following their application in May 2022.

GUILDFORD, U.K. - Amzeal -- Surrey County Council's Economy and Growth team worked closely with business leaders, Royal Holloway University London and University of Surrey to develop Surrey's cyber security cluster offer. This work saw the group conducting a review of Surrey's contribution to the cyber security sector, as well as the growth and potential for the future.

In order to qualify for UKC3 cluster recognition, Surrey needed to demonstrate its commitment to supporting cyber sector growth in the region; capacity to deliver tangible impacts related to innovation, growth and skills; robust governance structures; and proof that its operations will be in line with UKC3's Operating Framework.

Playing a vital role in supporting growth of the cyber sector throughout the UK, clusters are uniquely positioned with regional focus and highly engaged communities of cyber security businesses. As well as hosting large cyber companies such as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Cap Gemini, F5, CGI, Cisco, Akamai & VMW, Surrey has a strong small and medium cyber business community and the region boasts two of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre's Gold Standard Universities - Royal Holloway University of London and University of Surrey.

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Royal Holloway's world class research in cyber security has been recognised by GCHQ and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), one of only three universities in the UK to achieve such status. Royal Holloway is also one of the founder institutions of the International Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.

Developing this cyber security cluster represents an important outcome of one the four priorities of Surrey's 'Plan for Growth' to 'grow the leading edge'.

Working in a collaborative way with other clusters to create a national network of knowledge sharing will help to ensure that organisations across the country have the best possible protection from cyber-attack.

The Invest in Surrey team (part of Surrey County Council), are thrilled to be supporting the Surrey cyber security cluster, along with businesses of all shapes and sizes from across the region, to positively impact and shape the future of business in Surrey.

We believe that cyber security is at the forefront of Surrey's potential for growth, in both the sector and of Surrey's wider business base and we're excited to see how this formal recognition by UKC3 will help to support this. Find out more at https://investinsurrey.co.uk/ukc3-recognise-surrey-as-cyber-security-cluster/

Source: Invest in Surrey
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