Worcester & Malvern – sometimes referred to as ‘Cyber Valley’ – is a leading cluster for the development of cyber security products and services, influenced by its close proximity to GCHQ in Cheltenham and the SAS in Hereford.

The cluster recorded a 71% increase in employment between 2011 and 2014 – the second highest growth rate in the UK. Productivity in the area is also high, with a 48% growth in turnover and 56% growth in GVA during the same period. A number of the cluster’s cyber security companies began as spinouts from QinetiQ, the privatised arm of the Government’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, including DeepSecure and D-RisQ.

The digital tech community is supported by organisations such as Key IQ Ltd, which runs a co-working space encouraging networking and collaboration. The Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, a group made up of more than 80 small companies, also cooperate on initiatives that improve the cyber security of local enterprises and raise awareness of relevant issues among young people.

 

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Robin King

CEO

Founded 2009

Deep-Secure designs software that enables the exchange of very sensitive information between computer networks of different security levels.

Worcestershire benefits from good road and rail links with London, Birmingham and Manchester, enabling customers to reach us easily. Malvern’s cluster, meanwhile, possesses a diversity of technology expertise. The Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, for instance, involves 80 SMEs cooperating together.

It is also a great place to live – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to a vibrant theatre, good restaurants, shops and close to the historic city of Worcester.

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