UK SMBs to benefit from government-supported cyber security centre

A Cyber Demonstration Centre for the UK's small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is due to open soon, with the aim of educating professionals on computer security and also allowing firms to promote their cyber security products, the IT Pro Portal website reveals.

The centre is the result of a collaboration between the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP), UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is to run alongside a broader £860 million investment into UK cyber security. The Centre will be based in Westminster and will offer SMBs the opportunity to display cyber security products and their abilities to delegates and professionals.
The cyber security industry in the UK consists of around 2,000 specialist companies. The majority of these are classed as either small or medium-sized businesses and the industry employs around 40,000 individuals.
A report from HM Government published in March this year detailed how 60% of SMBs in the UK were subject to a cyber-breach last year, resulting in significant losses to the UK economy.
Schemes such as the Cyber Demonstration Centre – as well as the voucher scheme whereby the government is offering SMBs £5,000 to improve their cyber security – will help to give these businesses the resources required to meet such threats head-on.
For any business looking to take advantage of the facilities available at the centre, the CGP has issued the following statement:
"We are now taking bookings for the centre from companies wishing to host meetings or presentations with clients and partners. All companies are being offered their first session in the centre free of charge."