• Sue Lowe, DCMS to talk about the importance of clusters in driving growth during workshop InfoSec 2022 UKC3’s debut attendance at stand R45

DCMS-backed, UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) debuts at InfoSec 2022 with the launch of its 13th cluster in the space of a year. The new Surrey Cyber Security Cluster (SCSC) is the latest in a series of recognised cyber clusters across the regions and nations of the UK, established to directly support regional, joined up growth for the cyber sector. InfoSec 2022 also provides the opportunity for all cyber businesses to find out how they can expedite growth through cluster participation with the popular Security Workshop, ‘How to Accelerate Your Company’s Growth Through Regional Alliance’ on Wednesday 22nd June 12.00 pm.

The Surrey cluster recognition comes off the launch of Cyber East, North West Cyber Cluster and the Swindon & Wiltshire Cyber Cluster in recent months. SCSC, supported by University of London (Royal Holloway), University of Surrey, Surrey County Council and local cyber companies, is developing an active cyber security ecosystem for Surrey which already has a rich background in cyber. This includes Royal Holloway’s status as one of the founder institutions of the International Cyber Security Centre of Excellence and the University of Surrey’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. The county also hosts major industry names in cyber security such as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Cap Gemini, F5, CGI, Cisco, and VMWare as well as businesses with inward cyber security teams like Samsung, EA, and BP. 

A central feature for InfoSec’s popular Security Workshops is UKC3’s Wednesday session on how regional involvement can boost business’ performance through participation in ecosystem development, innovation and skills growth initiatives. The workshop kicks off with an introduction  from Suzanne Lowe on the role of cyber clusters in driving regional growth . Participants will then have the opportunity to get fully involved in discussions across all of the three key work streams that are at the heart of UKC3’s mission: 

  1. Skills and talent (what’s being done to upskill, what talent is needed, how to harness)
  2. Ecosystem development (how co-opetition works, the importance of connections and collaboration, cross sector engagement)
  3. innovation (the conditions for innovation and high growth startups, how you can contribute)

Commenting on their first time attendance at InfoSec, Chair UKC3, Richard Yorke said:

“How else could we celebrate our inaugural presence at InfoSec than with the announcement of another cluster recognition.. This is absolute testament to the demand for cluster activity across the UK’s cyber ecosystem as the sector continues to grow. We are keen for all UK businesses with an interest in cyber (both supply and demand side),  to become part of the UKC3 network of clusters. That is precisely why InfoSec is a critical event for us and for all visitors and exhibitors to find out more about how clusters can help them develop. Hence our workshop being accessible to all, with open dialogue at its heart. Come and meet us at our stand to chat more.”

Mark Pearson, Chair, SCSC, added:

“Our vision is for Surrey to be recognised as a region of excellence for cyber technology and innovation in the UK and internationally.  We aim to be an enabler organisation that works with partners to create the ideal conditions for the growth of cyber technology and innovation in Surrey by facilitating connection, capacity building and collaboration. UKC3 provides us with the structure to deliver and build on this, through connecting with other clusters, sharing expertise and growing the UK cyber capabilities. InfoSec is our first major event and being featured there shows how important clusters are to our cyber economy.”

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