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Cyber Security

The UK cyber security market is forecast to be worth over £3.4bn in 2017 with Cyber security Ventures predicting that global spending on relevant products and services predicted to exceed $1 trillion cumulatively between 2017 and 2021.


As part of its definitive list of the world’s hottest and most innovative companies in the industry Cyber security 500 placed eight businesses with their global HQ in the UK in the top 100, which was headed by Sophos in 9th place globally.

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, recently commented on the UK’s cyber security strategy saying:


“Britain is already an acknowledged global leader in cyber security thanks to our investment of over £860 million in the last Parliament, but we must now keep up with the scale and pace of the threats we face. Our new strategy, underpinned by £1.9 billion of support over 5 years and excellent partnerships with industry and academia, will allow us to take even greater steps to defend ourselves in cyberspace and to strike back when we are attacked.”


Most industry establishments are located in London and the South East. Both regions are service industry hubs, with many high-tech companies located in the South East, and in particular within the Thames Valley.

Thames Valley


Sophos global headquarters near Oxford houses one of its worldwide network of threat analysis centres, Sophos labs. Its renowned training center is also ideally situated on the same site.


Green Park in Reading, the heart of the UK’s Silicon Valley, is the only UK location for Symantec, and one of its three EMEA locations, whilst Cisco has one of its five UK offices at the same site. One of the two UK locations for NTT Security is in Reading, while the comparatively rural area of Bourne End is the preferred location for F-Secure.


McAfee chose Slough for its main UK office and located its Anti-Spam Engineering Team in Aylesbury, from where they send out more than 200 million software updates daily.


With offices around the world including the USA, Australia, Germany and Japan, Clearswift chose to locate its global headquarters in the heart of the Thames Valley. With sales exceeding £23m its UK site is a centre of excellence for software business.


Founded in 2008, Osirium is an award winning, privileged access management and cyber-security specialist.


Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre, based in the very north of the Thames Valley, 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.


The Cyber Security Centre, which is part of the University of Oxford, is an academic Centre of Excellence. Bringing together experts from many disciplines in Oxford and the wider world it addresses many of the challenges facing in industry in the 21st century.


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.


Operating under the umbrella of the UK Cyber Security Forum Oxford Cyber Security Cluster brings together relevant organisations across the county and beyond.


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. Spanning several sub-fields within secure ambient intelligent systems and applications of the Internet-of-Things, robotics, security, smart cities, video-analytics and healthcare support.