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Cyber Security

Cyber Security in the Thames Valley

Rapidly becoming a centre of excellence for cyber security, major businesses are looking to relocate to the Thames Valley. The region is currently home to a number of the world’s top 25 ‘hottest and innovative’ cyber security firms, including Carbon Black, FireEye, Herjavec Group, Microsoft, Rapid7, RSA and Symantec as well as established brands including Blackberry, Clearswift, Deloitte, McAfee, PwC, Sophos and Verizon.


The growing cluster of businesses locating here is driven by the availability of a strong talent pool and access to academic research and development and the location of industry Centres of Excellence, including the University of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre – an internationally renowned “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research”, a status bestowed by the UK Government’s Communication Headquarters.


Nearby, there is the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security and three centres linked to the London Universities of Imperial, Kings College and University College.

Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre

Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre (CIC) in Reading can help businesses in the Thames Valley manage the challenges of ever-increasing and evolving cyber threats. Connected to an EMEA cyber network, the Reading CIC provides fully customisable managed security solutions –  including advanced security event monitoring, threat analytics, and incident response.


“The number of cyber-attacks is rising each year, with online fraud and cybercrime costing the UK over £11bn in 2018 alone. Our position within the Thames Valley and our global enterprise network allows local businesses that need help and advice to easily access an array of specialists, in order to prevent them becoming part of this worrying statistic.”

Carl Caddy, Chief Operating Officer at Deloitte LLP


Deloitte has recently launched its new CIC website, which can be accessed here. Providing a one-stop-shop of resources, the website contains short information summary sheets on Deloitte’s capabilities, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Cyber Incident Response, Data Loss Prevention, Privileged Access Management (PAM), Threat Monitoring and Vulnerability Management.


For more information and articles relating to Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services, see here.

Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre


Based in the very north of the Thames Valley, it not only designs and deliver communication systems but also provides technical solutions that protect national security in the UK and overseas. Throughout the site there are laboratories and teams comprising of many professionals from an array of backgrounds focusing on innovation, ideas and collaborations.

Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory


Self-funded research laboratory, Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Reading, has a history of sustained success in delivering large scale collaborative research programmes. It spans several sub-fields within secure ambient intelligent systems and applications of the Internet-of-Things, robotics, security, smart cities, video-analytics and healthcare support.

University of Oxford Cyber Security Centre

An academic Centre of Excellence, the Cyber Security Centre brings together experts from many disciplines in Oxford and the wider world, addressing many of the challenges faced in 21st Century industry.


Providing top quality graduates, its Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security is a four-year interdisciplinary doctoral programme which looks at the topic from a range of angles including computer science, social science, business and international relations. Its core research themes include cyber-physical security, real-time security, assurance and big-data security.