The purpose of this document is to define a common operating framework which Cyber Security Clusters across the UK can align to. The framework comprises of a common set of principles, objectives and outcomes that provide a clear definition of a Cluster’s remit, helpful when engaging with other organisations operating within the region such as Cyber Resilience Centres and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
A key driver behind defining this framework is that it will enable central government (in particular DCMS) to better understand and support the work that Clusters do in developing and growing their local cyber ecosystem.
It is important to note that whilst having a common set of principles and an agreed strategy is advantageous, in order to be most effective Cyber Security Clusters must retain the autonomy to determine priorities as appropriate for the region and membership that they represent. As such, the points defined in this document are not intended to be a prescriptive set of rules that all Clusters must rigidly adhere to. Instead, they should be viewed as a framework for Clusters to operate within.
Starting with the output from the DCMS commissioned report into UK Cyber Security Clusters conducted in Summer 2020 by Atkins, the operating principles outlined in this document have been defined and refined by the Cluster Collaboration Group (CCG). Membership of the CCG is open to all UK Cyber Security Cluster leaders and is formed of:
- Kerrianne Gauld, Bristol & Bath
- Richard Yorke, CyNam (Cheltenham) – Chair
- John Davis, Cyber Wales
- Gary Woodman & Linda Smith, Midlands Cyber/Worcestershire LEP
- Phil Jackman, North East
- Judith Millar, Northern Ireland
- Stewart Benger, Oxford and Thames Valley
- Darren Chapman, Norfolk
- Ciara Mitchell, Scotland
- Robin King, South West
- Mark Pearson, Surrey Cyber Security Cluster
- Brea Woods, Swindon & Wiltshire
- Melanie Oldham, Yorkshire – Vice-Chair & Comms
- Rebecca Bryant, DCMS