Lockheed Martin's new £3m cyber security Centre in Gloucester will create 90 high tech jobs and will help boost the country's cyber security capabilities.
The new cyber security centre will also train individuals for larger roles in cyber security and intelligence.
US defence major Lockheed Martin has announced the opening of a new 'Cyber Works' centre in Gloucester. The centre was officially opened by Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin who said that the centre will boost the UK's cyber capabilities.
'With our £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy, Britain is a world leader in the field and the opening of today’s cutting-edge centre is a great example of how partnerships with industry are at the heart of that strategy. Together we are developing solutions to national security risks,' she said.
She added that in addition to supporting the UK's cyber defence capabilities, the centre will also help with the country's cyber offensive against Daesh and complex cyber threats.
Lockheed Martin will hire 90 cyber security experts to develop cutting edge capabilities and to help others pursue higher roles in the cyber security and intelligence industries.
The centre will play an active role in the government's CyberFirst Scheme which aims to 'inspire and support young people considering roles in cyber security'. The centre will also help Lockheed Martin share knowledge and best practices with UK partners and deliver cutting edge capabilities. The CyberFirst Scheme is a component of the government's £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy.
“Cyber security is one of the most challenging issues that countries face and Lockheed Martin is uniquely placed to help develop solutions to protect our national security. Our Cyber Works centre will draw on our extensive expertise in this area and act as a hub for collaboration with government, industry, academia and international partners on Research & Development, skills and training,” said Peter Ruddock, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK.
Philip Hammond, MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that the new cyber security centre will help bolster the UK's defence from online attacks, especially ones similar to the recent cyber-attack on the Parliament.