The UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) embraces the formation of the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology, announced yesterday (7/2/23) by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Under the leadership of Michelle Donelan, the new technology department aims to boost economic growth, create new high-paying jobs, and enhance public services through innovation.

UKC3 is dedicated to supporting cyber clusters throughout the UK by fostering connectivity and promoting growth in their ecosystems. Our 13 recognized clusters serve thousands of member companies and professionals in this crucial industry. UKC3 focuses on the following:

  • Connecting innovation across the public, private, and academic sectors
  • Developing a talented pool of industry professionals through skills programs from school to continuing professional development
  • Enabling ecosystem success by sharing best practices, showcasing achievements, and building connections.

UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration looks forward to working with the Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology in the coming weeks, building upon our established relationship with DCMS to benefit the entire UK cyber security sector.

 Linda Smith, Chair of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration, said: 

“The government’s renewed commitment to tech and innovation is a positive development, and we look forward to strengthening our already strong ties with DCMS and other departments.

In 2022, the UK’s cyber security industry generated over £10bn in revenue, a remarkable 14% increase from the previous year. This industry is also a significant employer, with over 50,000 professionals and a 13% growth in job opportunities in the past 12 months.

With more than 70% of cyber security companies located outside of London, the continued growth of this critical sector benefits the entire UK economy and demonstrates its innovation capacity on a global scale.”