Digital Secretary opens London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement

Digital secretary Matt Hancock has opened a government-funded cyber innovation centre in London.

The £13.5m London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), is based at the East London Innovation Centre located at the Here East digital creative campus.

Deloitte’s cyber team, along with the Centre for Secure Information technologies at Queen’s University Belfast, are collaborators of the new centre.

“We are investing £1.9 billion to protect the nation from cyber threats, have introduced new laws to strengthen our defences, and developed a wealth of free help and guidance for businesses available through our National Cyber Security Centre,” said Matt Hancock in a statement.

“It’s fantastic to open this new centre where some of our most talented entrepreneurs and innovative companies will develop the cyber security technology of tomorrow. This will boost London’s booming tech sector and benefit businesses across the country.”

The centre will bring together different elements of the UK’s leading cyber security companies. Ten organisations have been announced as the centre’s first working groups. These include, B-Secur, Loetec, Think Cyber Security, Trust Elevate, Aves Netsec, Cybershield, Cyberlytic, CyberOwl, Surevine and Zone Fox.

Lydia Ragoonanan, Director of LORCA, commented: “By bringing all these things together in our new centre we will stay ahead and help British businesses grow and succeed.

“The threats posed to businesses by cyber-attacks are continually changing. We’re proud to be working with industry to understand their needs, with investors who can help develop the solutions scale at pace, and with incredible innovators who are helping secure UK’s position as a world leader in cyber security.”

Gavin Poole, Chief Executive of Here East, added: “The threat of cyber-attacks is something that most businesses are familiar with and there is no doubt that many of them could do more to protect themselves against such an eventuality. Cyber is fast moving and constantly changing and we need to keep ahead of the game. 

"That’s why Plexal creating the London Cyber Innovation Centre at Here East is hugely important and exciting for us. This centre will be at the forefront of some of the most fascinating areas in cyber innovation. We look forward to welcoming cyber innovators to our unique campus and seeing how they will collaborate with the hugely diverse range of businesses already located here.”

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