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SMB cybersecurity centre opened by British government

23/07/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


It has been revealed that the government in the UK has opened a cybersecurity centre to help to educate and share solutions from small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB). Located in Westminster, firms will be able to showcase their tools and help to safeguard companies around the world.

Security concerns have been growing for the past few years, with several high-profile breaches really placing cyberthreats on the map, and the UK government has now decided it is time to help technology-focussed SMBs with their marketing. The cybercentre includes tools such as Cisco’s remote streaming and conference facilities, which will allow businesses to display their solutions better than ever before.

The responsibility for setting up the centre has fallen to the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP), which has collaborated with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and UK Trade and Investment to develop the facility. The project is part of a wider £860m investment plan into Britain’s ongoing attempts to safeguard people against cybercrimes.

With the centre now in operation, a spokesperson from the CGP said that SMBs can start to make use of the centre. “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,” the spokesperson explained.

The cybersecurity industry in the UK currently consists of around 2,000 firms, many of which are SMBs. Over 40,000 people work in this industry, which is expected to grow as more money is put into cybercrime prevention.

The centre is not the first support the British government has afforded small companies. Earlier this month it was revealed that a new voucher scheme would enable SMBs to claim £5,000-worth of specialist advice and new software to shore up their online defences and protect themselves from potentially devastating breaches. This comes as a resort revealed that 2014 saw the incidence rate of cyber-attacks on small companies grow to 60%. This costs the economy hundreds of thousands of pounds, not to mention shattering brand reputations for many companies, some of which were unable to recover.

For small companies and startups, dealing with cyberthreats can seem like an insurmountable issue, particularly because many firms simply can’t absorb the financial cost of a breach as larger corporations can. Now, however, not only is the government helping to share technology but it is also providing initiatives to battle threats.

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