New cyber cluster is launched to support SMEs across the East Midlands and boost that region’s economy
A new cyber cluster has recently been launched providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating within the East Midlands’ burgeoning cyber security industry. This initiative aims to catalyse growth within the sector and contribute to the economic development of the region.
The East Midlands has among the country’s lowest levels of cyber security companies, despite producing a wealth of cyber security and computing course graduates each year. The new cyber cluster will look at ways of retaining graduates in the region by making sure they are aware of the career opportunities that exist.
This endeavour has received the backing of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and endorsement from the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3). It will play a pivotal role in fostering networks and facilitating collaboration among cybersecurity enterprises in the East Midlands.
The cluster’s leadership team comprises three founding directors: Dr. Ismini Vasieliou from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), David Nicholls, the Managing Director of Better IT, and Phil Harding, the Director of CyRisk.
Dr Ismini Vasieiliou, Associate Professor in Information Systems at DMU, said: “The East Midlands Cyber Cluster will be a key pillar in supporting the East Midlands Economy, promoting strong partnerships between cyber security businesses so we can build upon and grow our cyber ecosystem. We want to have a positive impact on the region’s economy and help create a talent base that will support innovation and skills, and we’d encourage cyber companies to get in touch.”
This collaborative effort is just one component of the second phase of the LLEP’s Digital Skills Partnership, which is funded by a £90,000 investment from the government. Through activities such as ecosystem mapping and the organization of events, the East Midlands Cyber Cluster will unite individuals and companies actively engaged in the cyber industry, spanning Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and Northants.
The cluster’s primary objectives encompass enhancing collaboration through ecosystem mapping, hosting events, and conducting training sessions like masterclasses. Furthermore, it is committed to supporting initiatives that address the shortage of digital skills, promoting the region’s expertise in cyber security and showcasing innovative solutions on a national scale.
The new cyber cluster will complement East Midlands Chamber’s work with the Leicester Skills Improvement Plan to give employers the best access to information on where to upskill and train their staff, and access the best talent.