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Manchester to launch cybersecurity innovation hub

An operator is currently being sought for the Manchester Digital Security Innovation Hub, which will be based in Heron House, alongside GCHQ.

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The hub aims to put Manchester at the forefront of the response to digital threats
The hub aims to put Manchester at the forefront of the response to digital threats

The UK city of Manchester is to launch a new cybersecurity hub, which aims to put the city at the forefront of the response to digital threats.

 

Manchester City Council is currently looking for an operator for the Manchester Digital Security Innovation Hub. It will be based in Heron House in the heart of the city – alongside the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – and will be able to draw on that expertise, as well as that of the city’s universities.

 

Centre for collaboration

 

In a statement, the council explained that it will be a place for collaboration between the city’s leading academics, businesses of all sizes from the largest corporations to the smallest start-ups, public sector organisations and the voluntary sector to identify digital security threats and innovative responses to them.

 

It will also be somewhere, through its accelerator hub, where start-ups and growing businesses can be nurtured, and the commercialisation of new products and services can be brought forward.

 

The new hub will be a focal point for growing Manchester’s thriving digital security ecosystem and help enhance its global profile while further developing and diversifying its talent pool. Manchester is also home to initiatives such as the Cyber Resilience Centre, a joint venture by Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Digital, and the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, which are keen to be involved in the hub.

 

Manchester was named in the 2020 Tech Nation report as the fastest-growing major tech cluster in Europe with a strong platform for further growth. The digital, creative and technology sector here currently consists of around 10,000 businesses employing 86,000 people and contributing around £5bn a year to the city’s economy. Major investors in recent times include Amazon, booking.com and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.

"As the world continues to face cybersecurity challenges, the digital security innovation hub will place Manchester in the forefront of driving creative solutions and responses"

"This is an exciting project which will help stimulate economic growth and create jobs in this fast-growing sector which is emerging as one of Manchester’s distinctive strengths,” said Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

"Such initiatives are more important than ever as we begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and look to the future.

 

"As the world continues to face cybersecurity challenges, the digital security innovation hub will place Manchester in the forefront of driving creative solutions and responses and help make this a trusted place to do business.

 

"We’re looking for an operator with a strong track record to run this high-profile facility."

 

The Manchester Digital Security Innovation Hub is supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority through the Local Growth Fund.

 

For more details about the tender process and requirements visit procurement portal The Chest at www.the-chest.org.uk.

 

Applications close at 5pm on 28 September It is anticipated that the digital security innovation hub will be up and running in spring 2021.

 

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