Government Aims To Promote Cyber Security Exports

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A new Cyber Security Export Strategy outlines plans to promote British expertise abroad

The government has published a policy document outlining plans to support British cyber-security firms in exporting their products and services.

The “Cyber Security Export Strategy“, published by the Department for International Trade, said the government plans to identify priority markets and act as a “trusted advisor” supporting British firms bidding for major contracts.

The strategy also includes plans to put together “bespoke offers” for top cyber-security buyers and to showcase UK computer security offerings around the world.

“The strategy I am publishing today will support UK companies to export our world-leading cyber security expertise, which will help strengthen our capabilities, and protect our country and our allies from those who wish us harm,” said international trade secretary Liam Fox.

‘Tailored experiences’

He said the UK faces a variety of threats, including those from hostile states, that increasingly make use of digital technology.

“Recent events show that the UK faces a diverse range of threats from hostile state actors,” he said. “So in an increasingly digital world, it’s vital that we improve our cyber capabilities, which are crucial for national security and prosperity.”

The government expects exports from the cyber-security sector to reach £2.6 billion by 2021.

The government’s efforts are to focus on delivering a “tailored experience” for overseas buyers, while showcasing UK companies abroad, according to the strategy.

It said the UK’s areas of particular strength include artificial intelligence and the digital economy.

Other top services include incident investigation and cyber forensics, threat intelligence collection and analysis, security certification and training, vulnerability assessment and management, and professional services supporting governance, compliance and regulation, the strategy said.

The strategy recognises that British firms’ expertise will be increasingly valuable in protecting critical infrastructure and organisations going forward, according to British security firm Thales.

“Reactive endpoint security alone will not be enough to keep us safe, and it’s reassuring to see that the government has actively recognised this,” said Thales vice-president for Europe Peter Carlisle.

He said a strong export strategy could help the UK hone its own skills, while protecting itself from foreign actors.

The government is spending £1.9bn between 2016 and 2021 as part of its National Cyber Security Strategy.

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