10th March 2017

Carpe diem, cyber security businesses are urged

“There are huge economic benefits in cyber security,” said director of operations at the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Paul Chichester, yesterday as he urged British businesses to take advantage of the growing industry in tackling online crime.

The new NCSC in London was officially opened by the Queen last month, and is backed up by a national strategy and £1.9bn government-led investment. Now businesses are being encouraged to grab their share of the rapidly growing global market in cyber security by exploiting the UK’s home-grown technology base and digital skills.

One of the ways that UK businesses are working to take advantage of this increasing business opportunity is through the UK Cyber Security Forum, which brings together over five hundred businesses involved with cyber security in 18 regional clusters. The Oxford cluster has over 50 member organisations, spanning the commercial and academic communities, to support business growth, promote the need for increased information security and operational resilience, and further new research.

With high profile data breaches never far from the headlines, our MD, Sian Gaskell, shared her wisdom on how cybersecurity businesses can successfully navigate the sometimes perilous, ever-shifting media landscape. Speaking at the Oxford Cyber Security Cluster meeting last night, she outlined how businesses can use strategic and creative PR to put themselves in the bigger picture, raising their profile and claiming a share of voice in the debate to support new business growth.