The government has opened a Cyber Demonstration Centre for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to show off their latest cyber security products.
The centre in Westminster offers state-of-the-art audio visual facilities, Cisco conferencing facilities and real-time remote streaming for business presentations so that smaller companies can have access to modern technology to showcase their wares.
The facility was set up on behalf of the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP), which partners with technology companies, academia and intelligence agencies including TechUK, GCHQ, HP and the Cabinet Office.
"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," said the CGP.
The facility was set up in collaboration with UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is part of a wider £860m investment in UK cyber security.
"The Cyber Demonstration Centre will be used to showcase the depth, breadth and quality of the UK cyber security industry to delegations from across the world," said the government.
Ruth Davis, head of cyber, justice and emergency services at TechUK, told V3 that the centre will help the UK cyber security industry to thrive.
"Recent figures show that UK cyber exports have increased 15 percent in the past 12 months. To maintain this growth, it's vital that government, industry and academia continue to work together through initiatives like the CGP to support the UK's vibrant cyber security sector," she said.
The news comes after the government announced a £5,000 voucher scheme to train SMBs in how to protect against cyber security breaches. The scheme, run alongside the government-sponsored Innovate UK, opens on 27 July.
Last year, it was reported that up to 60 percent of small businesses had experienced a cyber breach, and that the average cost of the worst breaches ranged from £65,000 to £115,000.
Meanwhile, the government reported that the UK cyber security industry consists of 2,000 companies employing 40,000 people, and is now worth a total of £17.6bn a year.
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