Business intelligence gathered for Surrey’s Cyber Security Cluster
Surrey County Council, Invest in Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London and Business South has hosted a round table discussion on the cyber security sector at Royal Holloway University of London, to better understand the challenges, opportunities and possibilities.
- Royal Holloway University of London is ranked in top 3 locations in the world for cyber security.
- Demand for the sectors’ services remain high as the risks to both large and small businesses from cyber-crime intensify.
- There is currently a good supply of expertise for roles in the sector but fears building over the impact of Brexit on both access to talent and changes to regulation.
- Entrepreneurs reported poor access to funding for innovation.
Round Table co-chairman Mark Pearson, Director of Business Growth for Surrey County Council said ‘The round table was well attended by representatives from the cluster including business owners, trade groups, supporters and intermediaries. Their combined voice came through loud and clear, and we now have the task of digesting the outcomes and creating plans to ensure that this important local cluster is helped and supported wherever possible’.
Co-Chairman Robert Carolina Executive Director for the Institute for Cyber Security Innovation at Royal Holloway University of London provided insights into the international standing of the university that is listed in the top 3 locations in the world for Cyber Security. With 24 full time researchers, 5 PhDs and 400 MScs, the university can rightly boast being a centre of excellence for the sector.
On behalf of Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Paul Hogg Vice Principal Research and Enterprise commented ‘As the government is developing an industrial strategy to address long-term challenges to the UK economy, it is essential that universities work closely with regional partners, including the Enterprise M3 LEP, to maximise the economic impact of our regional research, knowledge and skills base. As part of our contribution to this crucial process, Royal Holloway was very pleased to host this event.’
In a review of the round table, Andy Swift, Surrey Area Director at Business South, said ‘We were delighted to have worked in partnership with key contributors to the sector and help shape this event particularly as the objectives perfectly fit with our own ambitions to promote the Place, our People and Prosperity. We look forward to continuing our work with the partners and keeping round table participants updated on progress.’